|The new Mount Gay 'twins'|
What it is calling "Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection" is a small-batch combo release of one iteration that was distilled in a copper pot and another in a copper column still. The pair of 37.5cl bottles (sometimes referred to as half bottles) will be sold beginning late this month as one $95 package for a limited, but unspecified, period.
"We created the Origin Series collections so we could give rum drinkers the unique opportunity to experience rum by tasting the pure essence of the distinct distillation methods and a deeper understanding of how each part of the process can change the taste of rum entirely," says Allen Smith, Mount Gay's master blender.
The first volume featured virgin cask and charred cask versions of Mount Gay rum, part of a gradual phasing out of lower-end versions of the rum brand in the U.S., according to a company statement several weeks ago.
Mount Gay is billed as the world's oldest brand of rum. It dates to 1703 on the Caribbean island of Barbados. As the company history puts it, "Rum, originally called 'Kill-Devil' by the Barbadians who first distilled it, is truly a product of the island. The abundance of molasses combined with the culinary ingenuity of early settlers and, of course, their legendary thirst for alcohol lead to this unique discovery in the production of spirits."