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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.

6.6/10 (375 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted over 2 years ago by Halsey from United States with 25 ratings

This is part of a 24 Rum Advent Calendar given to me.

Dark amber in color. Faint nose, slightly sweet. Mild mouth feel with a nice balance of flavor to alcohol. Interesting flavor that I can't quite land on, but not unpleasant. None of the vanilla, caramel, spice that the color would lead you to expect. Respectable.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Rene Rum from Switzerland with 354 ratings

Dunkles Mahagoni im Glas.
In der Nase schwere Düfte von stark gebranntem Karamell, dunkler Schokolade, Holztöne, Nelken und anderen Gewürzen.
Im Gaumen recht fruchtig, Orangenzeste, Karamell und etwas Holz.
Im Abgang Karamell mit tropischen Früchten.
Der Rum für den perfekten Dark 'n' Stormy !

Dark mahogany in the glass.
On the nose heavy scents of strong burnt caramel, dark chocolate, wood tones, cloves and other spices.
Very fruity on the palate, orange zest, caramel and some wood.
In the finish caramel with tropical fruits.
The rum for the perfect Dark 'n' Stormy!

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Posted over 2 years ago by Tjack from United States with 20 ratings

I don't get it, this stuff is crap! Maybe I just don't like flavored rum?

Tried it in a 'dark and stormy' as well, not a fan.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Chris Edwards from United Kingdom with 20 ratings

I really enjoyed this one. Lots of flavour and very little burn. Mixed it with lime juice and brought it to a whole other level. Then tried it with ginger and was really glad I did!

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Posted over 2 years ago by Andreas Bisgaard from Denmark with 27 ratings

Minder mig om Captain Morgan. Ikke hvad jeg vil drikke når jeg vil have et glas rent rom

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Posted over 2 years ago by Brian from Canada with 5 ratings

The Ginger beer you use can make a big difference with this great rum. Ginger beer that is too tangy can take away from the taste of this rum. Has a unique taste that you can recognize as Black Seal.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Olaf from Netherlands with 56 ratings

Can be mixed as well as drank neat. I'll probably use it for mixing as I have better rums for drinking neat.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Darrell from United States with 26 ratings

I have tried others but this, without a doubt is key to the perfect Dark N Stormy

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Posted over 2 years ago by Levent from Netherlands with 7 ratings

When you dont want to waste a good rum during a normal weekday and just need a shot to take the edge off a stressfull workday. Or to mix it in a rumcocktail dark&stormy.....This rum gives a mean headache the day after

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Posted over 2 years ago by WadeG from United States with 3 ratings

This is my first review and it is our "go-to" Rum, the Rum of the house.

For me, a Rum must be drinkable straight or on the rocks, I prefer on the rocks and sometimes with a twist of lime.

I don't believe that you can make a Dark and Stormy without Gosling's Black Seal (or a Bright and Sunny for that matter - substitute Ginger Ale for Ginger Beer). We also find this the Rum for Egg Nog and Hot Buttered Rum - so we see a bit of it in around Christmas.

On it's own it is more than serviceable. It has a good balanced taste, with and intricate blend of caramel and molasses hints. Some say there is a touch of vanilla flavour, if so not nearly so much as with Zaya (which I shall review later). It is a stronger "rum" flavour than you will find in any "silver" rum I can think of. It stands up quite well to ice and lime. I've tried it in the Cuba Libre, but, to my mind, it's to strong a flavour - but than I fondly remember my Father's Coke and Ron Rico and nothing will ever replace that taste for me, mostly nostalgia I'm afraid.

If someone is looking to try a sipping rum, but not wanting to spend a fortune they could do far worse, though it is, perhaps harsh for a virgin...