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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.
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.
This is a decent dark rum, but there is nothing outstanding about it... good with coke
What else would you use for a try dark and stormy? Ok there are others.
Has a nice taste to it but have only tried it in mixed drinks. I will have to try it straight to see harshness.
I don't normally like the dark rums straight but this one is pretty good. Its best with just a dash of coke.
I really liked this with a drop of coke. Enjoyed the brown sugar flavours, this rum has its own distinct flavour that sets it apart from the crowd. Must try these dark and stormys....
Love the notes of citrus and molasses / caramel.
Having patented the dark and stormy, this rum is excellent for that cocktail. You can drink it on it's own as well, although the taste isn't all that interesting and doesn't really evolve.
i had bought this bottle a few years ago to have a dark mixing rum in the bar. Opened it tonight and straight thought it had a strong coffee aftertaste. I don't drink ginger beer for a dark & stormy so mixed it with ginger ale. Ok as a mixer for my taste but not a sipper.
de color chocolate oscuro, con sabor a roble, es un buen ron pero en un nivel medio alto
Haven't sampled straight up yrt... stuck on the stormy!
Excellent to make dark and stormy. Hard to get the good ginger beer here (US)
. Was my go to drink in Bermuda.
This rum is decent straight up smoother than I imagined, but nothing out of this world it does have some different types of flavor going in in it like some baking spices and brown sugar. It does mix well with their ginger beer, adds much flavor and no alcohol present at all.
Really nice rum with a sweet taste
Drinkable in a pinch but would not buy a bottle again
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide