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Gosling's Family Reserve Old rum is crafted in Bermuda from the same blend as Gosling Black Seal but is aged longer in dark barrels. Each bottle is hand-labelled and numbered.
Tasted it in a restaurant after the meal. Liked it. Colour cherry-like and some "fruit" to it (lightly). Spicy and smooth as a good old rhum. Nothing outstanding however.
I wanted to love this rum. I didn’t. All the notes of wood and amazing flavor typically found in an older rum were missing. Reminded me of just molasses.
40%. Don't let the packaging fool you... there's no age statement (NAS), so could be 2yo (or unaged) with a drop of 16. Also no additives disclosures. Notes: whoa, big chocolate chip cookie rum. Loads of brown sugar. Very rich and sweet. Very sweet. Slightly bitter, molasses-y finish, with a good bite.
A very strange experience, for this price point. I tried it at the house of a friend who is also into rum, and had been given a bottle by another friend. We all tried it, and praised certain qualities, but when the gifter left the room, my friend and I exchanged knowing looks. We were both pretty disappointed. There may only be 15g/L of added sugar, but the whole package is just sweet and messy. I'm really not impressed, and I don't want more. I don't drink rum for dessert. This is kind of an insult. And it just saddens me that so many people are willing to shell out so much cash for a mediocre rum when so many better ones are available for far less!
Made from molasses from what I understand. Accordingly, tastes a little more complex and deeper than most of the rums I've had so far. Still pretty smooth and very good. Better than a lot of the ones I've had so far.
At the moment my favourite sipping rum. Smooth and flavourful. I prefer it it neat, no ice.
Great bottle great packaging
Let it breath and then sip
Love this rum
Very smooth and exquisite taste! I cannot wait to get some more Cigars!
Thought this rum would give a lot more. Aroma is not as strong as it should be and lacks punch in flavour. Good colour but doesn't seem as viscous as it should be.
Has a similar taste to other Goslings brands. Honestly forgot about it by the time I finished it. Too nice for dark and stormies, but can’t keep with with the fine sipping rums to seems to compete with.
very dark, alcohol really comes through, oaky and overall fairly sweet, after a Santa Teresa I actually enjoyed this quite a lot on the rocks.
anbefalet af en ven
kan absolut ikke anbefale den
vil man have smag og fylde er det ikke denne rom der kommer på din hylde
After reading so many comments from others, I picked up a bottle for the collection. Then a second so I may actually try and enjoy the product. First Impression:
Definitely needs time in the glass to open up after being cooped up in a wax sealed bottle.
Upon first sniff, there was dark chocolate & dark caramel with a hint of coffee bean.
A little sip and there was distinctive heat on the pallet, hence the need to rest.
After 15+ minutes and some swirling, marked scents & flavours of sweet maple, a real pronounced pipe tobacco / cigar leaf and that vanilla/ caramel.
Still hot on the tongue with a fairly high alcohol finish.
I was only able to sample 1oz on this first opening, but looking forward to a 3 finger pour and at least an hour of open air time.
I think is has some real potential and look forward to diving in.
Orange marmalade and molasses, bitter dark chocolate, cooked apples and black pepper. A little cedar.
Definitely a particular rum,
bitter, strong, alcoholic.
It is not delicate, it is not aromatic.
For me it is not a good rum.
Received as a birthday present. Interesting display of wooden box. Upon pouring, it is rather dark, almost the color of cola. I think the aroma is light with an essence of molasses. The taste is lighter than expected - not as heavy on the tongue as expected. Overall enjoyable.
Relativ teuer. Nicht mein Favorit, aber auch nicht schlecht. Etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig für mich, erinnerte mich fast an Whiskey (natürlich nicht konkret vom Geschmack aber von der Komplexität her).
Bottle S/N: 7598/2006....marvelous taste for an Old Rum. Bottled in 2006 and experienced 12 years later in 2018. Well, I'd say its worth having a Cuban to justify the taste of an Old Rum with a spicy. smooth and elegant taste. I enjoy sipping it neat or on the rocks. On the rock, however, do spoil a bit of the smooth, dark, round bodied taste. Overall, I find it to be a rum one can appreciate and enjoy with a nice flavorful Cubano.
Excellent presentation; numbered bottle, wax seal in a wooden box.
I have been a fan of Black Seal, in particular in the Bermudian favourite Dark N Stormy, for many years.
When I heard about Family Reserve I had high expectations, however the rum didn't quite live up to them.
The initial nose is far more harsh alcohol than expected.
The flavour palette is quite intense, being felt in pretty much all areas of the tongue, however I found the finish to be a bit disappointing.
Overall, still qualifies as a sipper, not a mixer, but used for occasions where the fancy presentation is more important than than the actual rum quality.
Only tasted it once at a rumtasting a few years ago, but I remember it as very nice and sweet, but not too sweet.
A superb rum.Dark and rich.A wonderful sipping rum.I can recommend this one.
Purchased a sample from Master of Malt for about £6. Glad I purchased it to be fair don't think I'd fancy a full bottle of this. It's much much better than the standard black seal. There's treacle and heavy molasses on the nose it's a dark rum aged in charred oak I'm guessing probably ex bourbon There's definitely some raisin and other dried fruit there. This rum needs time to breathe it's a little too harsh otherwise. In the mouth it's sweet a little harsh but not overpowering its caramel and treacle, toffee with a touch of raisin all enveloped in a rich smokiness
Fruity nose and wooden barrel on the tongue, dry but smooth.
Pours very dark red. Spice is strong, right in the nose with notes of chocolate and tobacco. Alcohol is smooth with just a slight bite but fades immediately and gives way to woody spices and hints of chocolate. I get a lot of tobacco notes too. Pleasant finish. Clean mouthfeel. Aftertaste isn't strong but lingers and entices another sip. A solid rum at $75.00
It took some time, several evenings of sipping, discovering. Not a standard rum, strong caramel taste with full range of its taste collors, from bitter to sweet. And I love caramel.
Dark & Stormy is one of my favorite drinks, and I like ‘em strong! So I knew I was gonna love this! Let it sit for a bit so you can truly appreciate the molasses and baking spice notes. This is a great rum to enjoy with dessert, as it itself is a sweet treat!
Fantastic package from Bermuda’s only rum company.
It’s very dark and the aroma is very complex with its Christmas spices, caramel and some oak. The taste is a little sharp and a lot like the aroma plus some plums, I believe.