It’s been a while singe I last looked to buy Gosling’s (my days of drinking 151 are long over). However I decided to see what their gold would taste like (although I feel they should have called it their red). Not to spoil but when I tried Gosling’s 151 I was taken aback with how sweet it was as well, and that trend seems to have continued.
This is rum at it’s most iconic. Unlike a great sipping rum of Private Stock or Old Monk, this is a jug rum. This is rum you take on a ship and swig from the bottle. It’s sweet, but it’s not too powerful where you’ll lose your sea legs. With that in mind though I doubt I’d ever get this rum as it’s not a sailor’s life for me, and that smell holds too many memories.
What they Say: “Using the finest distillates and in accordance with time honored blending techniques handed down over five generations, Gosling’s of Hamilton, Bermuda has created this mellow, smooth and elegant rum which promises to please fine rum enthusiasts. ”
Taste: 6.0 – That’s actually quite sweet and delicious.
Aftertaste: 7.0 – There’s a great taste here, and that initial sweetness lingers. I suppose considering the 151 this makes sense.
Burn/Smooth: 6.5 – No real burn either.
Aroma: 3.0 –The amount of regret in this smell is so palatable, and I have a bad feeling about this.
Manliness: 7.0 – Gosling manages to hit that level of sailor and rum feel without being as overt as other rums. It’s deep red color is also helping it win it’s points, with no literature wank to kill it.
Rum and Coke: 4.0 – Even with coke this is too sweet (I shudder to consider Pepsi) and that’s kind of sad.
Value: 4.0 – Actually not a terrible value for a rum, but it’s not a Rum and Coke rum, so it’s buying desire is rather low.
Google Shop Average: $19
Metric Score: 37.5/70 |+| Metric Average: 5.36 |+| Reviewer Average: 5.5
Final Thoughts: If there’s one takeaway I get from this, it’s the need to try more of the Gosling’s line. Hopefully that sweetness doesn’t grow far worse in it’s more unique offerings.