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Goslings Finished A Rare Rum In Rye Barrels For Three Years

Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum Rye Barrel Finish

Goslings has extended its Family Reserve Old Rum line with the addition of Old Rum Rye Barrel Finish.

Goslings has unveiled the Family Reserve Old Rum Rye Barrel Finish. The first extension of Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum line, the rum is finished in once-used rye whiskey barrels for three years.

Created from a blend of rums that are left aging in hand-selected once used bourbon barrels, Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum was originally produced exclusively for members of the Gosling family and bottled once annually. For the rye barrel finish, three rye barrel fills were combined in the final rum blend to lend a unique spiciness and an herbaceous, earthy quality to the final product. 

Each bottle is hand-filled, hand-labeled and numbered. Then, it is stopped with a cork and covered in green sealing wax (a color regularly associated with the use of rye barrels), before being sealed in the same way the Gosling family first bottled their Bermudan rums in the early 1900’s. 

“Goslings introduced Family Reserve Old Rum in 2003, and twenty years later, the rye barrel finish is a welcome new addition to our family of rums. This will be the first of multiple innovations in the Old Rum line of products,” says Malcolm Gosling Jr., eighth generation rum maker. “We took a unique blending approach when introducing our Old Rum to rye barrels, starting independent fills in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Finally, this year, we married the three aged rums for bottling and the end result is a complex rum that can be enjoyed like a bourbon or aged whiskey – either sipped, on the rocks, or in a classic cocktail.” 

On the nose, the rum offers complex aromas of pepper, leather, and chocolate. The palate features flavors of spice, molasses, plum, and hints of dark chocolate. The lingering finish is dry and elegant.

The Family Reserve Old Rum Rye Barrel Finish ($79.99, 750ml, 40% ABV) will be available at select U.S. retailers and online at shop.goslingsrum.com and ReserveBar.com. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.