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Gosling's Black Seal rum

Gosling's Black Seal

Bermuda | Dark

The James Gosling family business first produced Gosling Black Seal rum in 1806, and it is now the oldest surviving business on the island of Burmuda.

Gosling 'Black Seal' rum received it's name from the black wax originally used to seal the bottles. It is Bermuda's most widely exported product and considered the nation's national drink.

6.5/10 (394 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted 12 days ago by Kenneth from United Kingdom with 64 ratings

I like this, it is flavoured so not like OVD, Lambs, etc. . I drink my Rum neat and and this one just squeezed in to that category. I prefer this one to Myers and Blackwell.


Posted 12 days ago by Tab Bonidy from United States with 5 ratings

This is the best rum to add mixers to giving you a wonderful dark rum flavor.


Posted 19 days ago by thechosen21 from United Kingdom with 24 ratings

Thanks to the Gosling's Black Seal I found out that I do not like black rum. I would suggest drinking it with a mixer (i.e. ginger beer) to make it smoother.


Posted 22 days ago by jbuckhead from United States with 10 ratings

Appearance dark brownish red. Nice green around the edges from the aging. Initially smells like curry, with lime and vanilla. Tastes sweet and caramely with a hint of maple syrup. Lime comes through on the initial finish, transitioning to something more bitter on the lingering finish. Also tastes bit of tobacco on the finish, which gets stronger the more I drink. Slight creamy mouthfeel. Overall not bad for mixing.


Posted 22 days ago by DougDoesNotCare from United States with 38 ratings

This is kinda two-note with lots of molasses and vanilla notes. Definitely more of a mixer than a sipper, but it works well in cocktails. Not sure I would put it above Blackwell's Black Gold though.


Posted 28 days ago by Jimmy Cliff from United States with 199 ratings

There is no better choice for a dark and stormy. Perfect pairing many fond memories solid 7 for this cocktail stand alone, have not found great place.


Posted 30 days ago by poosu from United States with 38 ratings

I'm a rum drinker for years. Just read a spy thriller where the hero was based in Bermuda and always drank Gosling's Black Seal. I didn't like Meyers so I was skeptical of this dark rum, but if it's good enough for Alex Hawke it might be OK. What a pleasant surprise. I'm an on the rocks guy. This is much better than Meyers. I smiled all the way through a 1.75 bottle. 8 might be a bit high but I want it on my good list for when I forget. I like the taste, it's smooth enough for the rocks and all this at a great price. I'm a firm believer that producing good ru at a low price deserves recognition. There are only 2 rums I give 8s to that are available in 1.75L. The other is Flor de Cana 7


Posted 1 month ago by El Cap from United States with 62 ratings

Good one to have on hand for certain tiki-adjacent concoctions. I grab it when I’m temporarily unable to locate a bottle of Coruba dark. As John Prine said...
Pretty good.
Not bad.
I can’t complain.


Posted 1 month ago by Seko from Czech Republic with 89 ratings

This one is all round, balanced dark rum, aroma is strong, with molasses and some esters, the taste is semi sweet, spicy, fruity, but not especially complex, there is a distinctive aftertaste of licorice turning towards bitter, but not unpleasant. This rum is smooth enough to drink it neat, but with a rather uncomplicated taste it is not its main discipline. In the mixed drinks this is a star.


Posted 2 months ago by Foggyrumrunner from Canada with 37 ratings

The nose is bright with molasses and a prominent cola note; the nose could pass for a mixed rum and coke. It also has a faint note reminding me of shellac - a positive quality. The palate begins quite sweet; the mid-palate is essentially non-descript, before developing a slight cough drop note on the way out to a medium length finish. It may be great in a dark and stormy (I prefer drinking rum neat) but as a stand alone sipper, this is nothing special. It is accurate to a 5 rating - “easily consumable in a bind” - yes, but not much more.