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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.
Tasty, but not quite great
If you want to find a decent English-style rum with plenty of flavor for under $20 that's not sweetened and spiced to hell and back, this is your best bet. It's a workhorse bottle for sure in my home. Stands up well enough against 6 ounces of coke or ginger beer while not totally overwhelming a Mai Tai either, and perfectly fine to sip on the rocks.
Gosling is a very fragrant rum, you can smell molasses and caramel.
The mouth: in addition to the caramel, we can smell a hint of vanilla and tobacco. It can be drunk on its own, but in my opinion it is much better in cocktails. I recommend.
Fruit, charred wood, vanilla scent. Nice dark brown color. It is caramelish sweet, but firey! If sipping - only on the rocks, not enjoyable otherwise. Black seal is better used as a mixer, especially with ginger beer and lime, so dark & stormy.
Has a nice scent of good coffee and caramel, I can feel sweetness but is overwhelmed by the bitterness, it is spicy but more like bitter spicy.
This is a lovely dark navy rum, leaves me wanting more. Definitely most ideal for a dark and stormy. Very in depth and full-bodied.
Obviously the only way to go for a dark and stormy. I look forward to getting to try the Papa seal as their rum has some great potential if aged.
Tmavý rum nahořklé chuti. Nenahraditelný základ Dark & Stormy.
• 60 ml tmavý rum
• 100 ml zázvorové pivo
• šťáva z půlky nebo z celé limetky
I think this stuff is to rum what Guinness is to beer - something different, and not for everyone.
It's not terribly good neat, but is nice in gingerale (can't find a sugar-free ginger beer).
I think I'd buy it on occasion, but not keep it on hand
"Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide"
"It’s initially sweet like liquorice, there is a little heat and spice in the mix and the finish is long and slightly bitter."
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