Much like our other favorite type of beverage (coffee), the spirit world enjoys a good dabble in the art of blending. To help ring in their 310th anniversary, the Bajan producer of the “rum that invented rum” has created its latest well-balanced concoction: Mount Gay’s Black Barrel Rum.

This small batch from the mind of Master Blender Allen Smith combines previously aged reserves from both pot and column distillates and finishes them with an extended stay in deeply charred Bourbon oak barrels. The end result is a dark coppery-gold liquid with a nose of citrus, complimented by vanilla and charred wood. We’re told to expect a moderate mix of sweet spice and pepper on the palate, with a hit of smoke on the finish — an excellent combination for a Barritt’s based Dark ‘n Stormy or Mount Gay’s own take on a rum Manhattan. Look for empty bottles to litter the GP offices some time in April.

Available April 2013