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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.
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.
Harsh taste but decent If you leave it to mellow... Ok not excellent one of the best dark rums to shot
rich, ruby butterscotch treacle rum, lovely in a dark n stormy, lovely mixed elsewhere, smooth and drinkable straight. This is my 2nd love next to Skipper.
this has some delicious sweet dark flavour notes that comes after you swallow the first sip, great in a dark and stormy like its stronger brother, the 151 but great with coke or on its own, i also like it in a rum manhattan, the caramels coming through
I found the colour of this rum to be somewhat unusual. A deep rich red colour more than a dark brown. The guy at the liquor store suggested I try a Dark and Stormy so I had to get the official ingredients to start that journey. This is a good rum, pretty well balanced like the barrel on the seals nose would suggest. Not sure I would buy it again but it was certainly a rite of passage to educate my palate.
Best for dark n stormy. Gives a great unique taste and aroma. Nice on the rocks, great with dark sodas.
not premium but not bad, smooth, sweet with touch of spice, I was satisfied, 7,5
Ah, when I was young and didn't know what "good" rum really was! Which is not to say that this stuff is bad - oh, no, my friends, not at ALL! I like Gosling's Black Seal with Coke & a wedge of lime on ice. Rich and sweet, with a little spiciness pushing through, of course, and some almost-burnt butterscotch/caramel taste at the very end of the finish (aftertaste) gives this rum some serious character! Worth a try.
An inexpensive rum in the States, but very dark and sweet. I would never consider it a sipping rum and it is far too sweet for a rum and coke. It must get its black color from some additive. I've never tried a Dark and Stormy, but I can see that may the ideal mix--a little spice to cut the sweetness.
Quite a dark rum but not as strong as it looks. A great mixer, & very easy to drink, but is on the sweeter side of things with a dryness at the end. The only problem I have with this rum is the $70 price tag. If it was $40 I'd be back for more.
Had my first Goslings Dark & Stormy in August 1970 at the Sonesta Beach Hotel in Southampton Bermuda. I've been enjoying them ever since at home and on our frequent visits to Bermuda. Yes, I also sip this over ice usually after I have enjoyed 3 fingers of Zacapa.
Good mixer with ginger beer, lime and some ice on a hot day
Pure a bit hard but when enjoyed with coke it still shows excellent notes on the tongue.
To bad this rum is most known for a dark 'n stormy.
Yes it's great to mix with a gosling ginger beer but I also like it in other dark rum cocktails or even mixed with cola from time to time.
This rum has a fairly strong alcohol smell when in the bottle, although it has a nice inviting dark red colour. Kind of harsh on its own, it's surprising mild when mixed with a Ginger Beer. While I was hoping for a stronger molasses flavour, it makes a good Dark and Stormy.
Chutovo mierne korenisty, ale aj tak nevýrazný. Poteší, ale nenadchne.
This isnt the smoothest rum but it packs a tasty punch. Hefty oak notes ending in a long sweet vanilla with some cinnamon aftertaste
I love full-bodied, dark rums with lots of flavor and this one fits the bill nicely. Chocolate and port wine come through with every sip. Beautiful color, too. Enjoy it neat. Live a little!
Nice molasses taste. Usually enjoyed over ice and coke but also with Tropicana strawberry banana juice or pineapple juice. Still a little harsh for straight up.
Kind of an unusual aroma. Can't really put my finger on it. Definitely a dark reddish rum. Tried the famous 'Dark & Stormy' both made myself as well as the canned version by Gosling's and although many people rave over it, it just ain't my thing. I love a good ginger beer but for me, adding rum doesn't do a thing for me. However it works well with Coke Zero and believe it or not, Sprite and Dr. Pepper. I haven't had it in mixed drinks but I expect it would do well. I may request it in a Hurricane or Bushwacker. I think it would work.
I don't mix darks. You can drink this straight up or on the rocks with a shot of water.
This Rum is npt like any other Rum I have tested. Only for Coke!
The bottle is quite boring with a plastic screw cap and a funny seal (the animal) on it.
A very dark rum with spicy scents.
The taste is sweet, with coffee, caramel and molasses flavours, yet crisp and alcoholic. Thus, Gosling's Black Seal Rum is great in a Dark n Stormy, which is actually a trademark of Gosling's. However the rum could also be sipped, maybe with some ice to soften the crisp taste.
definitely not a sipping rum, only with cola, its sweet, but smells like not like a captain morgan spiced, but some like christmas drink, will not buy again, sorry.
If I would have get this rum in a blind tasting, I would not be sure if I would have said this is a rum. It tastes more like a bitter, a bit like Fernet Branca. So all in all not a sipper. On the other side the Dark n Stormy cocktail is nice, as long as you u can find a proper ginger beer. But I will keep my line on this page and only judge Rums due to their sipping qualities.
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide