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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
This is quite distingtive rum even in Black category. Deep flavour of molases with dark soily scents. It is quite serious and dry personality among rich black rums. Autumn liquore.
I thought it would be a low quality rum, yet I was pleasantly surprised. I think you can smell and taste some artificial notes of fruit or vanilla, but overall much better than Captain Morgan or other similar rums. I guess it will be great in cocktails but not so bad per se.
I'd seen this rum mentioned by various people online, however I have never seen it available locally so I decided to try it out via Amazon. I tried it as a dark and stormy, it poured nicely but the taste of rum was lost in the ginger beer and lime. I then tried it with Pepsi, but again all I could taste was the Pepsi. I plugged for it straight and it had sweetness, treacle and molasses, but in very faint quantities. Sadly I found the taste a bit too tame for my taste buds. I usually drink Watsons Trawler or Demerara Rum which have bags of strong flavours, but this was far more mellow. I'd put this a little above Lamb's Navy or OVD, both of which are available at a considerably cheaper price (at the time of purchase, I paid £23). It's not horrible, sadly I found it a rather bland rum.
folks over at gosling's were smart to trademark the dark and stormy to market their rum because this artificially flavoured rum is mediocre at best.
I’m not what you’d call a rum connoisseur as I’ve only tried a few of them, but this is one of the best so far. It goes down very smoothly and has a nice hint of caramel. I’ll definitely have this one again.
Has an appealingly rich, dark color but lacks the depth of flavors to rated above a 6/10.
There is some real value to this rum and it has formed the basis by which I judge other black rums. It has pleasant notes of cloves and caramel and it's deep flavor compliments drinks with powerful flavors like lime, ginger, Campari, and pineapple very well. It is an excellent rum for the price and would be my first choice if I was serving black rum drinks to a lot of people on a budget.
Had a great Dark N Stormy in Rum House Bar in Prague. (photo of homemade drink)
Very fresh taste thanks to ginger ale, and Goslings rum is the best choice for this drink.
"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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