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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.
I do love a dark & stormy with homemade ginger beer, and in that context the Black Seal is good. It won't impart a ton of flavor to the drink, but it won't distract from it, either. For a relatively cheap rum it doesn't have a strong alcohol burn, but it doesn't have much in terms of a particular character to recommend itself, either. Decent but not overpowering sweetness, with a clear molasses flavor. Heavy and flat with a syrupy mouthfeel.
I've yet to try Coruba or one of the substitute recipes for the currently-unavailable Kohala bay, but I'd suspect those would do you better than this one. Still, as the only officially-allowed rum in a dark & stormy, if nothing else this is branding at its finest.
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.
I like the Goslings. It is not my first choice, but very good. A respectable sipping rum, with some good taste and fairly smooth. A decent mixer. It was worth the try, but not sure if I would buy again. It is an above average dark rum.
Super good. I don't know much about rum, but I like it!
i was given this as a gift many years ago and have drank many bottles since. I like the strong taste with coke, however I remember drinking it straight one night.
This is a darn good value for money rum. It smells very unique from other rums. A definite molasses is there. Drinking it straight is ok. Not super knock your socks off complex. But it can be enjoyed straight. What is so darn good about this rum is it makes a great rum and coke. Like goodness gracious this puts kraken to shame. I'm not a big black rum drinker but this will definitely be my go to bottle and at 16$ a bottle the price cant be beat.
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.
Obviously everyone uses this for dark n' stormy's but I have had it in coke and neat. Like it in both ways. I keep it stocked on my shelf all the time.
Spettacolare per chi non ama il Rum spiritoso con un sottofondo di liquirizia . Ottimo con i mix
Makes a good dark and stormy and all that, yeah. But the real treat is having this by itself.
I'm not a big fan of black, spiced rums but this one is very enjoyable. Think the flavour is too strong to drink it straight, but excellent with a bit of coke.
har kun smagt denne rom i en dark n stormy, som de så populært hedder, men der syntes jeg tilgengæld den gled ned uden problemer.
I heard they won the court case, making Gosling's the only way to make a genuine Dark n Stormy. Of course you can use other dark rums. Not only will it not be a real Dark n Stormy, it won't taste as good. Other dark rums work, just not as well, at least what a Dark n Stormy does for you. Another great thing about this rum is its price.
Nice color and was expecting a bit more based on that. Not much of a nose. Strong hint of coffee perhaps lingers. Tried in dark and stormy and most guests preferred other mixers.
This is a good dark rum, but much too heavy for me. If you like your rums that way, go for it. I have to dilute these heavy, dark rums in order to truly enjoy them - so the good news is I can have a few more before I've had too much - if you know what I mean.
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide