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Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum

Category: Dark
Country: Bermuda
Aged: Minimum 10 years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Availability: Extremely Limited
Price: $65-$90 (750 mL)
Rating:
Five stars

The Review:
Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum is a legend among rums.  Classic, rare, and perhaps even worth an expedition to find.

For starters, it would be hard for the presentation to be any more impressive.  The rum comes in a champagne bottle made of dark green frosted glass, individually hand numbered, with a simple label encircled with a metal band, cork-topped and dipped in thick black wax - the black seal itself.

Gosling's black seal is infinitely more attainable in both price and availability, as well as a standard favorite of mine for mixed drinks, but Family Reserve takes the same robust blend to an entirely new level. Sturdy, leggy, and deep, dark brown - few rums present with such immediate authority.

The bouqeut is rich with semi-sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, and a soft hint of prunes and dried stone fruits. The flavor has wide ranges and complex with traits of caramel, molasses, and smoke; followed interchangeably by baked apples, roasted nuts, vanilla, tobacco, wood, cherries, spice.  It's a journey of forgotten craftsmanship in a glass.

A velvety yet deceiving smoothness wraps around your tongue and still finds a way to softly kick on its way down - as a proper rum should.

Mixing this rum with anything whatsoever would be a crime.  Even ice should be avoided as enjoying it warm in a snifter is the only way to appreciate this wonderfully nuanced experience.  If you ever get the chance to pick up a bottle of this rare treasure, don't let it pass you by.

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