The Gosling family arrived at Bermuda by chance. In 1806, James Gosling sailed to America with £10,000 worth of goods for sale. The sea was so calm that after ninety-one days the ship was forced to dock at the port at St George’s at the very north of the island. Gosling established a shop in December on King’s Parade, St George’s. James Gosling returned to England in 1824 and set up a shop on Front Street with his brother, Ambrose.
In 1857, the company was named Gosling Brothers and a few years later the very first barrels of spirit arrived from Bermuda. Originally, the rum was sold straight from the barrel and the customers would often bring their own bottles. In a bid to cut costs, ex-champagne bottles were salvaged and sealed with black wax, thus Black Seal came into being. Gosling’s has become the biggest exporter of any Bermudan product.
An exceptional expression from the Gosling's range. Family Reserve was once produced exclusively for members of the Gosling family (as the name suggest), but they have since decided to share this fantastic top quality rum from Bermuda. Each bottle is hand labelled, dipped in wax, packed into boxes, stamped, put in the post box, you'll even hand pour it into your glass... This corking rum was given a Double Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirit Competition.
Nose: Rich, creamy aromas. Hints of calves leather, dark chocolate, candied orange and spice.
Palate: Thick notes of orange marmalade and molasses, bitter dark chocolate, cooked apples and black pepper. A little cedar.
Finish: Long, oaky finish.