Master Blender at Mount Gay in Barbados
Allen Smith, Mount Gay Rum Master Blender, has been overseeing the brand's blending and maturation facilities for more than twenty years.
Most recently, Smith has been instrumental in crafting and developing the brand's newest blend, Mount Gay Black Barrel; the only rum in its portfolio to be finished in charred bourbon oak barrels. Black Barrel boasts a double-distillation process that results in a bold tasting rum and is a continuation of Mount Gay's craft, refinement, and unparalleled excellence.
Smith first joined Mount Gay Rum Distilleries in Barbados in 1991 as a Quality Assurance Assistant under then Master Blender J. Edwards. He assisted Edwards with the development of the brand's prized Extra Old blend.
Smith studied to become a Chartered Biologist at the Institute of Biology in England. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology.
After a sabbatical from Mount Gay Rum, Smith returned to the Distillery as a manager with the significant responsibility for Research and Development within the organization. He applied his background in biology and microbiology to incorporate a scientific approach to blending, ultimately leading him to refine the production process for Eclipse Silver in 2007.
In 2008, Smith crafted Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection, an extraordinarily refined and highly acclaimed blend of reserve rums. Smith used rums aged 10 to 30 years to create the velvet-like texture and taste profile found in 1703, evocative of an aromatic Bourbon or single-malt Scotch. 1703 Old Cask Selection has since won numerous awards and superlative commendations throughout the world.
Due to his dedication and hard work, Smith was promoted to Master Blender at Mount Gay Rum Distillery in 2010. In his role, Smith oversees all aspects of the brand's new blending facility at St. Lucy, with a continuing focus on innovation shaped by years of experience.
In addition to serving as a Master Blender for Mount Gay Rum, Smith also promotes the island of Barbados by working with the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity.