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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.
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.
Prior to my tasting event I have herd about this one and was very curious to taste. I asked the sommelier to add this to my tasting list for my event. It would nice to have 1/2 points because it would get a 7.5 The nose notes were creamy vanilla and a little savory- 8 points and on the mouth it was smooth and soft for 7 points.
Definitely a very unique rum - but for me not in a good way. I don't mind so much it's dark color but the taste reminds me of a bitte liquer. Obviously it is not quite there yet but it goes in the direction of a Kümmerling. I don't taste anything sweet in it, even after a while it is in the glass.
Unique quality presentation. Deep mahogany colour. Smells of leather, tobacco and barrel. Some alcohol burn making it not too smooth. A long finish with burnt sugar and spicey flavours.
Fresh brew black tea with scent of think dark cacao liquer. Steamed banana leafs wrapped with fresh coconut flesh. Woody and jammy.
Woody, toasty with black tea tannin on palate. Sweetness of unripe banana with tart bite and dried fruits such as apricots follow with mild tobacco leafs.
Woody and herbicious finishing with dried raisins and pear. Pleasant and flavourful yet not too sweet.
Un rhum comme je les aime. Pas trop sur l'alcool. Belle robe
I tried this as one sample neat in a well stocked bar. Wise decision! As usual with Gosling's, there is a heavy molasses flavor. There is also a burn on the tongue, but with no after taste. I could not wait for this shot to be finished so that I could move onto my second rum out of three trials. It is definitely not worth the hefty price tag of $70 per bottle or $15 per shot.. With each sip, my rating just kept going down from it's initial one of 6.