Posting your rating...
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.

Rate Gosling's Family Reserve Old

Tap to Rate
Click to Rate

Have an opinion about this rum?

Signup to rate this rum!

89 Gosling's Family Reserve Old ratings

Sort by: Popularity | Date | Rating

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.

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

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.

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!

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 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.

It's really pretty good. Not the brice I'd like for how it tastes, but they have to have at least one high end product.

Very very dark color, strong oak tones mix well with the usual black seal flavors for a more mature and strong mouth feel.
While it stands ok on its own, it pairs perfectly with dark chocolate. Highly recommend a nice dark bar with a glass of this.

Quite a unique taste, I always wondered how people got chocolate from tasting rum, but that's the first thing that I noticed with this. Nice dark mahogany colour, interesting flavours and good aroma. Top marks for presentation. Worth having.

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.


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

One of the very best rums I have had, whether it is worth the $60 price tag is a matter of preference. I would likely rather have a bottle of Mt gay extra old and a bottle of El Dorado 12, but this is one any rum lover should try once. Everything an aged rum should be - rich, complex, fruity, woody, with a sweet finish.

Bra men inte riktigt tillräckligt rund. Mycket smak och söt. Kryddig och stark eftersmak.

An incredible rum with a great finish. Sip slowly and enjoy with some chocolate.

I love this stuff but have only had the benefit of a few glasses. I certainly think it is up there for wonderful dark rum colour, taste and smoothness. Deep caramel but not too sweet, that age just smooths out all the raw edges but retains wonderful flavour.

Skäms nästan att ge den så lågt betyg, men jag gissar att denna rom är för mer avancerade connaisseurer. Alltså inget för mig:-)!

"Home sweet Home"
This rum is definitely one of my best rum's I own, and I prefer it over a lot of others. I'm not saying this because I am a Bermudian :-p but because I love sweet and rich in flavor rums. This rum has a dark texture and a smoothness better then any rum I have had thus far. The flavor is rich in molasses and chocolate; The texture is silky smooth like comparing dress pants to fine the linens but for your mouth. But this rum has a special place in my heart I hope when you taste it haves a special place in yours. Thank you for reading and great sipping.......


Treat it lovingly, and let it rest a bit in the glass. We love the heady aroma and pleasant caramel.

Now thats not quite how you expect a rum to be. Smoky and some sort of oily. A dark rum that has so much variety but just not my kind of stuff. But if you like extraordinary rum give it a try. All sort of different.