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Old 02-11-2009, 04:37 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Rum Runner Imports View Post
25-30 dollars cheaper--almost makes a fella wanna move to Onterrible...almost!

What about SAQ Ben? How are the prices and selection overall?

I could not say it better than my friend Dom. Prices are about the same, with a few differences in selection, like LCBO selling Gosling, Brugal Gold, Mount Gay XO and SAQ not, where as SAQ has some Martinique and Guadeloupe rums, maybe because of the French connection.

I like to check selections from all provinces. I'm going to BC in May, so I'll make sure to grab some Diplomatico. Alberta and BC have probably the best selection, but the highest prices as well. Selection in Canada can not be compared to New York, Florida or California, though.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:13 PM   #22
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Of course, the situation is somewhat reversed when it comes to cigars in respect to choice, as you have access to Havanas. But then, who can afford to smoke cigars in Canada? Apart from Don Piero, that is
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Old 02-14-2009, 03:52 PM   #23
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When I was in St. Thomas a few years back I picked up a bottle for $40. I did not know what it was at the time. I got trapped by marketing.

Wooden box - check.
Heavy bottle sealed with wax - check.
Fancy label with a bottle # - check.
The words "Reserve, old, and rum" - check.

All things considered it was a great buy. I have taken nips out of the bottle for a while now and look forward to buying my next one. Good excuse to go to the USVI.

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Old 03-03-2009, 03:41 AM   #24
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I have an opened bottle of this lying around, and tonight the mood struck me. This now being the third time I've sipped from this bottle (#1765/07 if you're counting) I think that I'm starting to really enjoy this rum.

Gosling's Family Reserve was my first "expensive" bottle of rum that I've purchased. I bought it at work in a silent auction for charity. The $78 CAD I won the auction at seems like a reasonable price from the sounds of it, and since it all went to charity I was more than happy to shell out the dough.

I actually saved this for a few months before I opened it. I got it early last fall, and opened it Xmas day. No, not because I was saving it for an special occasion... But because I didn't own a snifter glass with which I could properly enjoy it :P

I find this to be a very complex tasting rum. What Lew called "dark fruits" I'm more inclined to call herbs and spices. Like the younger Black Seal there is a unique flavor that I can't quite nail down (closest thing I can think of is Jagermeister, to me the Black Seal tastes very much like Jager.) that is wonderfully tamed by the extra aging not present in the Black Seal. There are definite hints of vanilla sneaking out when I roll it over my tongue as well. The finish is smooth, and by smooth I mean smooooooooth.

All in all a wonderful rum.

Being a novice with rums I'm inclined to say that this rum may not be for the novice rum drinker; it's only after a couple tastings that I find I do actually like this rum. Having had both the Black Seal and the Family Reserve now I'm starting to think that these rums have a flavour all their own that could take some getting used to.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:54 AM   #25
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Default Corn N' Oil

I use Goslings Black seal at work in a corn n' oil, a cocktail wihch is not well known enough these days. I'm waiting until I can convince my boss to let me use some to the old reserve to try that as well. Basically its a dark heavy rum, Falernum, Angostura Bitters, and lime juice over crushed ice. A surprising but subtle and interesting drink.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:00 PM   #26
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For my taste, the dominant characteristic that sets Old Family Reserve apart from many other old rums is that it is a dry molasses based rum while many other aged molasses based rums are sweeter.

In a corn 'n oil, I would think that the cocktail might benefit by the addition of slightly more falernum. But my first choice for a cocktail with Goslings Old Family Reserve would be an old fashioned, sazerac, or a manhattan where the rum has more of an opportunity to shine through the cocktail.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:00 PM   #27
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Side question, does anyone know how long the "old rum" is aged? It always tasted sooo good to me that I've forgotten about this point till now.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:57 PM   #28
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Hi Lukeart,
It seems that you are talking about a classical Tiki cocktail created by Trader Vic : The Yacht Club Cocktail.
Normaly it is very Barbadian : Mount Gay Eclipse, Lime juice, Cointreau and the famous Falernum liqueur. I drunk that in a speakeasy style bar in NYC, it is excellent.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:51 PM   #29
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I could swear that there used to be a statement on their website that said it was aged 12-15 yrs...but I could not find it when I looked recently. I think this is a nice rum to keep on hand, regardless of the age.
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