After more than 200 years in business, Goslings has gone through their share of packaging; bottles, boxes, cans, and barrels. Their world-famous rum has been kept in all sorts of vessels. You might associate Gosling’s with the classic Dark ‘N Stormy® cocktail, but their brand has far more to offer. Take, for example, their premium Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum. It’s one of their most coveted products, formerly packaged in a wooden crate to pay homage to the family’s history as seafaring merchants. But in 2018, it was time for Old to become new again, and Gosling’s was in need of a new liquor packaging design.
Klim Design agency came to us to produce a redesigned box for Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum. The objective was to create packaging to better emphasize the iconic bottle within.
Redesigned, Seal’d, Delivered
One of the most distinctive features of Goslings Rum is the bottle. It’s an unusual shape for the modern market, right? You might even say it’s retro, antiquated, or old fashioned. That’s no mistake.
The legend goes that the first containers for Goslings Rum were repurposed Champagne bottles left in Bermuda by British officers of the colonial era, hence the particular shape. Everything about this box was made to accentuate that bottle.
Before you even open this box, you know what’s inside. The entire bottle is depicted in an oversize black screen printing and no detail is spared. The dimensionality of the cork and the neck, the Goslings seal, the writing on the label, right down to the dripping wax synonymous with every bottle of Goslings Old Rum. Gold foil decoration adds a regal flair without compromising legibility. And a pronounced band of red across the center of the box draws a little extra attention to the packaging. To recap, that’s three different colors of foil stamping, applied in different stages with varying degrees of heat and pressure on our machines, flawlessly executed by our rockstar team at Taylor.
Our foil stamping department has done some exceptional work, but this intricate, multi-layered liquor packaging design is an absolute grand slam of technical achievement.
The inside of the box reveals a few choice packaging accents. That red foil on the exterior is echoed on the inside. Red surrounds the physical bottle of rum, almost illuminating it within the otherwise black packaging. A final round of foil stamping adorns the flipside of the front panel, an extensive amount of copy rendered in perfect clarity. There isn’t a letter out of place, nor a single smudged syllable in that copy.
Liquor Packaging Design for the Modern Market
This box is 100% Made in the USA. Taylor Box represents a domestic, sustainable solution to the design and manufacturing of premium boxes in the liquor industry. On retail shelves, you get a chance to compare and contrast competing brands based on the virtue of packaging alone. And within that competitive packaging gauntlet, there are a lot of different techniques on display vying for your attention.
Some bottles have novel shapes, like a skull or a heart. Some rely on virtual reality to wow their customers. Some use premium packaging to convey value.
Get this. According to Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Category Shopping Fundamentals study, only 29% of consumers know which liquor brand they intend to buy before they enter a store. The remaining 71% of consumers are making their decisions as they peruse the options on the shelf.
If this information is accurate, we can infer that consumers rely heavily on liquor packaging design to make their purchasing decisions. After all, what else is informing these consumers? Every brand can’t have a representative in store to evangelize for their product ad nauseum. So that marketing role is left up to the packaging, and by now, consumers are savvy to the cues. The quality and originality of the packaging usually reflect the price point, and with an intricately decorated box like this, it’s plainly clear that this is a premium product.According to Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Category Shopping Fundamentals study, only 29% of consumers know which brand they intend to buy before they enter a store. The remaining 71% of consumers are making their decisions as they peruse the shelf. Click To Tweet
Update: Spirited Awards
Since this article was first published in October 2018, this box has gone on to win a plethora of awards for its inspired design and exceptional foil decoration including:
- Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement in Packaging
- PINE Pinnacle Award: Best Use of Foil/Embossing on a Rigid Box
- Best Use of Foil/Embossing – Rigid Box from the Foil and Specialty Effects Association (FSEA)
- PINE Award of Recognition: Cartons & Containers
This project is one of our most celebrated and embodies the spirit of collaboration and quality that we pride ourselves upon at Taylor Box. Like Goslings Old Rum itself, this box relies on time-honored techniques and traditional materials. And like Goslings Old Rum, it’s craft, not craftiness, that makes this box great.