Goslings Gold Seal Rum
Goslings claim to fame was
their dark rum, the flagship Black Seal Rum. The Gold Seal Rum is an entirely
different beast. Their first new product in more than 100 years, it's an amber
rum that is the result of years of experimenting. It's a blend of pot-still and
continuous-still rums that are aged in ex-bourbon American oak barrels for 3 to
5 years, before being bottled at 80 proof. Smooth and versatile, it's great as
a shot, on the rocks, or in classic cocktails.
The story of Goslings Rum is
a serendipitous one, dating as far back as 1806, when James Gosling ventured
out to sea at the request of his father. Gosling was heading towards Virginia,
equipped with wines and spirits worth 10,000 pounds Sterling. 91 days into the
trip the charter on the ship Mercury ran out, forcing Gosling to settle in
Bermuda. Eventually, he decided to open a wine and spirits shop on the island.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Upon his return to England in 1824 James Gosling
opened a shop with his brother Ambrose, which has been in the Gosling family
ever since. Their first rum, the Black Seal, was produced nearly half a century
later in 1863. Produced in Bermuda, the Black Seal is synonymous with the
island. Today, the family business is in the 7th generation of Goslings, who
continue to lead the company as the largest exporter of any Bermuda-made
consumable product. Goslings is also the only company that blends and bottles
on the island.