There’s no hint at how old Old Rum actually is. Bermuda-based Gosling’s produces this by taking the standard Black Seal and aging it in barrels for, well, for even longer, until it’s ready, I suppose.
A full-bodied rum? You better believe it. Overwhelming on the nose with rich molasses, tobacco, and smoke, it somehow outdoes all this when you take a sip. A powerhouse of a rum, it hits your right up front with dark chocolate character and smoldering wood fires. More molasses come ’round, plus a hint of honeycomb. The color of coffee, it keeps going and going, easy to sip yet devilish in its complexity. The wood plays with the sweetness and comes together to create an enticing mocha/coffee flavor that’s incredibly compelling as a dessert sipper. Few rums can manage all the tricks being pulled off right and left in this behemoth. If you can stomach the outlay, it’s definitively one to try.
Reviewed bottle # 4813/11. 80 proof.