Seamanship and rum have gone hand in hand for centuries, and Black Seal Rum has become the de facto rum of sailors worldwide. So, no wonder why a renowned Bermuda company specialized in blending and distributing unique flavors of rum decided to create something truly exceptional. Gosling Brothers Limited, or simply Goslings, has just unveiled the world’s most exquisite rum package.
The 7th generation President & CEO of Gosling-Castle Partners, Inc., Malcolm Gosling tapped the last of their oldest rum barrels, dating back to 1968. “Of course, we couldn’t put this rarest of rums in just another fancy bottle,” said Mr. Gosling. “We wanted something that was outrageously different and I said, ‘spare no expense.’ “
The result is a limited edition, serial-numbered, handmade wooden chest that houses a 750 ml bottle of the prized rum with a handmade crystal decanter to pour it into. This crystal decantel was designed by Dartington Crystal, the UK’s premier name in hand crafted glassware, to replicate a smaller version of the America’s Cup “Auld Mug“– the oldest trophy in international sport. It incorporates a sterling silver handle, individually fashioned to fit each decanter, by T.R. Sterling of Essex, England.
Since, the race announced their decision to bring the 35th running of the high-end sailing event to Bermuda in 2017, Gosling’s act sounds completely understandable.
Also in the chest is a solid glass stopper for the decanter, a leather book describing the entire fabricating process and a small tasting journal to jot down dates and notes of each sipping occasion.
The leather-lined, polished wooden chest was crafted by Moran’s Wood Components in England. It features a pull-out drawer for the rum bottle and book, and an etched glass door that showcases the decanter itself.
Only 166 of these heirlooms have been produced — one for each year the America’s Cup has been in existence. The selling price, $10,000 apiece and this exceptionally rare object will be sold only in Bermuda.