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Gosling  family reserve old rum

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.

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Gosling's Family Reserve is a blend from Bermuda. It comes from the same barrels as the Black Seal but is aged up to 16 years.
It has a very complex spicy nose which is really intense. It can literally fill the whole room.
Gosling's Family Reserve is a true premium rum delivered in a nice wax sealed and hand numbered bottle. It is very complex and combines a litte sweetness with nuances of wood. It has spices, dried fruit, choclate and tabcco and is very well balancedand; soft all the way.
I was lucky to get my one for only $60 in Chicago and can only recommend to give it a try. You won't regret it.

A nice champagne bottle with wax and a steel band around it. Each bottle has its own number. The rum comes in a nice wooden box. High class in the presentation (picture).

This rum have to rest in the glass for a bit. At first it´s a lot of oak but when the rum rests in the glass you get sweet aroma with caramel, raisins and spice.

The taste is spice and a bit sweet. I expected it to be sweeter. The finish is long and mild. This rum rally have to rest in the glass before you drink it.


A cool bottle, that contains something that, to me, feels a little bit like a spiced rum. The nose is a little oaky and bittersweet, with dominant notes of cloves. The taste is kinda special. It contains a healty dose of slightly bitter barrel notes and hints of dates and allspice. Unfortunately not really to my liking.

Looking for a sweet dark old rum to savor with a big cigar? This one would be my choice.

Amazingly, I found a bar that had about a half dozens sipping rums on its rack. A guy at the bar identified this rum as his favorite among them. This is a very good rum, very smooth, little or no burn. However, its price point is its downfall and I deducted a point for it. It is not 30 dollars better than my favorite rum. The bar owner said it had jumped so much in price lately that he would not continue to stock it. Apparently, their desire to go up market could hurt their sales.

Aged well, and very smooth. Nice caramel flavour. Definitely a top shelf. Over ice is the best

Was bought a bottle of this for my 40th, and it did not disappoint!

Very dark complexion. Not much in the nose - except vanilla and tobacco. This rum needs time to develop its taste. It is then full of tobacco, oak and dark chocolate. Aftertaste: a lot of dark chocolate. I like this kind of rum, but can understand if it is not to everybodys taste.

Tvrdší, těžší rum pro zkušenější fanoušky. Ve vůni je cítit silný nádech dřeva (dub) a lehký závan višně. V chuti se dělí na 2 fáze. Zpočátku velmi hořká (trpká) chuť přechází do silnějšího, ale již ne tak trpkého závěru s dlouhou dochutí. Přestože mi silnější či těžší rumy nijak nevadí, nedokážu si představit popíjet tento rum celý večer. Na vině bude zřejmě ona trpkost, která přebíjí ostatní vlastnosti jinak kvalitního rumu. Ač je zjevná snaha o originalitu s číslováním každé láhve, finální champagne verze mi připadá pro rum spíše nevhodná.

spent a lot of time in bermuda so drinking the standard black seal rum was a very regular habit. this one takes all those flavours, mellows out the alcohol and is much richer and smoother. could drink this and only this forever

Like the label and webpage says, this is indeed a very well defined rum. Wonderful flavor and aroma.Everyone needs to try this one. It was especially nice served over some North Atlantic Iceberg.


The only Gosling's rum available locally is Gosling's Black Seal and frankly I was not all that impressed with it. I've read the hype and felt it didn't come close to living up to it. I can across the Gosling's Family Reserve rum at Dorignac's grocery store in New Orleans and decided to get a bottle to try. I am finally getting around to sampling it.

First a word on the presentation...this is old school at its finest. The deep green glass champagne bottle is sealed with a thick black wax which includes a wide pull band to help unseal the wax. Each bottle is label with its own bottle number (mine is 5867/14) and is placed in a straw-filled wooden box. Homage to the old school.

Pouring the rum into a snifter revealed just how dark this rum is. Almost like new motor oil (and I do NOT mean that in any negative way -- just that the hue is a rich, dark brown of a type reminding me of how certain motor oils look). The aroma is sharp and crisp revealing a pepperiness that becomes apparent on the initial flavor. Some sweetness along with the peppery sting and a buttery texture. There clearly are other flavors but the pepperiness obscures them too much for me to detect what they are (others with more refined palates than mine will have to chime in). Some oak tones as well but mild. The finish is a bit dry and the oak stays with you. Very smooth with not a burn but a nice warmth that is far from overbearing. Personally I would not choose this as a sipping rum but it definitely qualifies as one. It's not for everyone but it is a pretty good rum. I know I may ruffle some feathers but even though this is a premium rum I like it quite well in Coke Zero. The pepperiness complements the Coke Zero flavor making for a unique combination. Add a little lime and you've got an awfully good Cuba Libre. But at approximately $70 (USD) a bottle it's kind of an expensive Cuba Libre.

Very unique rum. Smells like burned sugar and fruit. This is also present in the taste. First sip was a bit harsh, but the 2nd sip onwards was really nice to sip on. My palette is not advanced enough to describe all the different flavors, but this is something special alright.
Big step up from the regular Black Seal, which is a decent mixer. Gave this one an 8, but is very close to a 9. Might upgrade after a few more glasses.

One of the best bottles. A Nice dark rhum with lots of dried fruits in the aroma.

A real sipper with taste of caramell, oak and spicy one of the best I have tasted

I wasn't a fan of this at first but like others have said, if you let it breath in the glass for a bit, the rum evolves with more flavors. One shouldn't pour and drink anyway. Again, by letting this sit even for a minute or two, you get more flavors out of it.

Fantastic nose. Little sweet but lot of flavours, full of fruits. Easy to taste and drink. Was tasting it together with 5 other rums and turned out to be a winner

First, the packaging was fantastic and the wooden box was a great preview for the Rum inside. I oredered this through my local liquor store after being a fan of the Goslings Black Seal for some time. The flavors are robust, finishes strong and has a wonderful aroma.

I was given a bottle of this as a present and had genuinely never had rum before. I'm now a convert and enjoy dark and spiced rums thanks to the exquisite taste of Gosling's Family reserve.
It is a unique bottle and flavour and in my opinion one of the best rums out there

Taste: some nuts and a bit too much of alcohol
A good one for sipping

This is one of the most beautiful packages you'll ever find. A wooden box with individually numbered bottles. The bottle looks like a bottle of great wine with an amazing wax seal.

Once you've gotten past the package and try it, you'll find a darker and thicker rum than most. It is a complex rum. The spices are the dominate aroma/taste. Some carmel. Worth sipping with an ice cube if it suits you but it is quite strong as a sipper.

A little expensive compared to other options but worth trying if you can.

This is so indulgent, such a treat! dark rum, sweet, complex, treacle, cloves, so lovely, its all going on in that glass of mine, perfect for this cold winter evening with the wood burner blasting away! It's really does benefit from resting, I poured mine neat into the glass and left for a good half hour. A tad expensive but we'll worth a treat if you feel like you deserve one, enjoy.

Best sipping rum I've tried to date. I get a bottle at Christmas every year.

Nádherně aromatický rum. Vůně po čokoládě,hodí se hodně k pečným švestkám. Každý rok pouze 22 tisíc lahví na světě.

A nice colour of burnish reddish amber. Smells of caramel, molasses, liquorice with a taste of bitter chocolate, oaky dryness, spice and some liquorice. Overall a creamy texture coating your mouth.

Medium/long smooth finish, sweetish hint of spice and oak but surprisingly very dry in the finish.

It's a nice rum although a bit pricey. Lovely presentation though so would make a nice gift.