Gosling’s Family Reserve Review

Well, I better get on it and do another one I suppose…..it’s a hard life….

20151001_132314What is it? Rum from Bermuda. The same blend that is used in the “Black Seal” rum but it’s aged for longer – no details on how long exactly but it’s got some fair age on it I’d guess. Molasses based.

Coloured (almost certainly), filtered and 40% abv.

Sugar? Yeah..but not much. Online tests show that this is about 15 grams per litre.

Nose: Those dark chocolate coated stem gingers you get at Christmas. Earthy damp forest floors and smoky char from the casks. Dry, heavy roasted coffee beans and even some menthol. Pretty complex, and way more complex than standard “Black Seal”.

Palate: Good mouth feel. Bitter dark chocolate and unsweetened black coffee. Tannic (tea) and then quite sappy/resinous. Plenty of oak and some of that smoke from the barrel char that I found on the nose. Sours a little as it moves to the finish.

Finish: Long. Now it’s time for the herbs to play; totally savoury with pine sap, oak, herbal tablet and tails off with that menthol note.

Thoughts? I like this, I like this a lot. It’s dry, powerful and has bags of flavour. It’s a very specific rum type, your proper “dark” rum I guess, but it tastes like you expect “dark” rum to taste. Quite complex and really shows some age, plenty going on to keep things interesting….it’s a winter warmer this one though, it’s not your fruity summer rum…shame it’s not bottled at 43% or more as that’d really make a big difference.

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