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Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum

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About Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum

Keen to drink like one of the world's oldest rum families drink? Gosling's Family Reserve is how you do it. Aged for 16-20 years, this Family Reserve rum was produced for decades -- kept for Gosling family events and special occasions -- but not sold commercially until 2003.  

Forgive the modesty of its name, Old Rum. It belies a super rich, complexly sweet spirit with a strong, smooth finish that seemingly last forever.

It is still produced at a much smaller scale than the more famous (younger) Black Seal brand from Gosling's, so the bottles are much harder to come by.

"The family Reserve competes against cognac and high-end bourbon whiskey. - Gear Patrol

Tasting Notes

Pungent, dried fruit, cigar box, cherries, toffee, passion fruit. Full-bodied. Bitter wood tannins, cinnamon and pimenta allspice balances rich dried fruit, baked apple, treacle and vanilla fudge.  Long fruity and spicy finish with pleasing varnished dried fruit. - Difford's Guide

Suggested Serves

  • Classic: sipped neat
  • Unexpected: Enjoy dessert: ice cream and ginger beer for a creamy, throwback Rum Float

Production Notes

First introduced to the US in 2005, Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum is the oldest release in the Goslings range. It begins with the same rum blend as the flagship Black Seal, but this bottling rests for much longer in bourbon oak barrels. It is aged entirely in Bermuda, where the sub-tropical climate imparts an extra nuanced complexity, depth and richness of flavor. Old Rum is intended to be a "sipping rum" served as you would a cognac or single malt scotch. 

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  • James Z.
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    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    I'm More Into: Cocktails AND Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Rum
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    Rated 5 stars
    Old rum aged goodness

    This rum is the most expensive I have purchased so far, and I am glad I got it! It is incredible sipped straight; I recommend letting it breathe prior as well as a rum old fashioned. Some might consider it a sin, but I am guilty of mixing this with coke and it is still a banger, but I feel a rum of this caliber deserves to be enjoyed alone.

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  • Austin Z.
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    Rated 5 stars

    Sweet and delicious this rum shares a distinct flavor with Gosling's Black Seal but intensified. The color has a more redish appearance due to the aging process. Very good sipping rum and great is a rum & cola.

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