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Goslings Bermuda Gold Rum

Goslings Gold Seal Rum


By Robert Plotkin

The allure of the islands is nearly irresistible and a perfect tonic for those of us who long to escape the day-to-day grind. It's why Gauguin ran off to Tahiti. Well, not everyone can just jaunt off to paradise, but drinking a beautiful rum drink may be the next best thing. There is a cachet surrounding rum. They are made in exotic places, and imbued with rich aromas and rich, captivating flavors. And that's exactly how they should be marketed—as a romantic adventure in a glass.

Few rums better display this zeal for life than Goslings Bermuda Gold Rum, a brilliant full-flavored gold rum made on the island paradise of Bermuda. The rum is highly prized for its tremendous mixability. It is comprised of pot- and continuous-distilled spirits, aged to perfection in charred, American white oak barrels used previously to age bourbon. When the rums deemed to have reached mature, they are blended with skill to attain the finished flavor profile. And what a marvelous flavor profile it is.

Goslings Gold Seal is a playful rum created to star in a wide variety of rum-based concoctions. The rum has a light, burnished, golden/amber appearance perfect for drink-making and a silky lightweight body. Its riveting bouquet features the aromas of honey, vanilla, caramel, anise and butterscotch. A few extra minutes left to breathe and the rum takes on the added scents of lush tropical fruit and toasted oak with light floral notes. The aromatic signature contributes greatly to its tremendous appeal behind the bar.

On the palate the rum raises little heat and is skillfully balanced between dry and sweet. It exudes the layered flavors of caramel, anise, and baking spices nutmeg and cinnamon. What an extraordinary rum.

The rum is highly prized for its mixability. Goslings Gold Seal is the principal ingredient a drink dubbed the Golden Tee, a refreshing iced concoction made with Gold Seal, lemonade and iced tea, and the South Shore, a delightful blend of Goslings Gold Seal, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a fill of ginger beer. As tempting as these drinks are, take a long moment and taste the Gold Seal Rum by itself in a glass. It's a grand experience.

Gosling Brothers imported its first barrels of Caribbean rum into Bermuda in 1860. Numerous different blends were considered before one was deemed ideal. The result was an extremely dark rum that the firm dubbed "Old Rum." For over 50 years it was sold only by draught with local patrons bringing in their own bottles to be filled. At the onset of World War I, the company began marketing the rum in Champagne bottles reclaimed from the British Officer's mess. The corks were secured in place with black sealing wax, prompting people to refer to the brand as "Black Seal."

To this day, award-winning Goslings Black Seal Rum is made in Bermuda according to the original family recipe from a premium blend of continuous and pot distilled Caribbean rums. The blend is then matured 3 years in American oak barrels used previously to age bourbon. The charred casks contribute to the spirit's color and mellowing as it ages. The rum is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

It's easy to appreciate why Goslings Black Seal is the national spirit of Bermuda. It has a dark amber/brown color with alluring red highlights. The intriguing color serves notice of the pleasures to come. The rum has a velvety, medium-weight body and a compact bouquet of coffee, sugar cane, caramel and toasted oak. Goslings makes its presence known immediately upon entry. Its palate features a medley of caramel, vanilla and spicy flavors that completely fill the mouth before gradually ebbing away in a warm, lingering finish. The rum is exceptionally well balanced with an enjoyable dose of bitterness to balance out its inherent sweetness.

The altogether sensational Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum is crafted from the same blend of rums used in the Black Seal, but is barrel-aged considerably longer. Extended aging imbues the rum with a luscious character and complexity reminiscent of a well-aged malt or alembic brandy. In keeping with its storied past, the Family Reserve is marketed in a hand-numbered Champagne bottle sealed with black wax.

Little wonder why the Gosling family reserved this rum for themselves. It has a dark mahogany appearance, an oily textured, medium-weight body and a glorious bouquet of brown sugar, toasted oak and baking spices. Its lavish palate offers an assortment of bittersweet flavors ranging from chocolate, molasses and butterscotch to citrus, honey and baked apple pie. The long lasting finish is flavorful and well balanced.

While a pleasure to drink neat, Gosling's Black Seal Rum is a delightful presented in cocktails. It is at the core of such classics as the Dark 'n Stormy and Rum Swizzle. That said, there seems to be no creative limit to what the rum can accomplish when in the hands of a skilled mixologist.

If your life could stand a little more paradise in it, Goslings is just the ticket.


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