- Gosling's Black Seal Rum - The Spirit Of Bermuda
In the spring of 1806, London wine & spirits merchant James Gosling set out from England aboard the chartered clipper Mercury with 10,000 dollars of merchandise bound for the Virginias. The voyage was a difficult one. Ninety-one consecutive days of calm left the crew and passengers in dire straits and the charter of Mercury was fast running out.
The ship eventually made port in St. Georges, Bermuda, where Gosling and his family decided to set up shop rather than press on to America. James Gosling opened a shop on King's Parade, St George's in December 1806. To this day the company remains the oldest surviving business in Bermuda and is still a family concern.
In the World Spirits Championship conducted by the Beverage Tasting Institute,Gosling's Black Seal Rum was awarded a Platinum Medal in a blind taste test consisting of an extensive collection of world class rums, Black Seal was rated 96 out of a possible 100 and Best Buy.
The corks were secured in place with the use of black sealing wax, prompting people to refer to the brand as "Black Seal."
For generations, the Gosling name has stood for smooth, complex and decidedly dark rums. But times, and tastes, change.
So, to satisfy the increasingly vociferous requests for a Gosling's Rum with a lighter body, Goslings present Gosling's Gold Bermuda Rum, their first new product in 108 years.
Not to be mistaken for ordinary amber rums, Goslings was years in the making, sipping and perfecting. The result is a mellow, elegant product that lives up to its impressive lineage.
By using the finest distillates in strict accordance with techniques handed down over six generations, they finally created a distinctive lighter rum that is impressing demanding rum enthusiasts everywhere.
This is a well balanced blend of pot still distillates and continuous still distillates. The majority aged five years. This unique, proprietary blend is what sets Gosling's Gold apart from others.
You'll find it has a rich, golden amber colour, a nose of vanilla, apricot, mango and a lightly smoked oak character. The taste is smooth and light with hints of citrus/tropical flavours and nutty undertones.
Unusually versatile, it can be enjoyed straight, on-the-rocks, with ginger ale or as a mixer to enhance any rum recipe.
Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum is the Maltese Falcon of rums - classic, rare, and perhaps even worth a pricey expedition to find. For starters, the presentation could scarcely be more elegant: a champagne bottle of dark green frosted glass, individually hand numbered, a simple label encircled with a metal band, cork-topped and dipped in thick black wax (the black seal). Gosling's infinitely more attainable - in price and availability - Black Seal is a standard favorite of mine for mixed drinks, but Family Reserve takes the same robust blend to an entirely new plateau. Sturdy, leggy, and deep, dark brown - few rums present with such immediate authority. The aroma is semi-sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, and a soft hint of prunes and dried stone fruits. Tastes are ranging and complex: caramel, molasses, and smoke are first to present, followed interchangeably by baked apples, roasted nuts, vanilla, tobacco, wood, cherries, spice... 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 travesty; even ice should be avoided as enjoying it warm in a snifter is the only way to appreciate this wonderfully nuanced experience.