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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.
i really like goslings with coke, but must try these dark n stormys to see what the fuss is about.
Výrazný tmavý rum s hořkými tóny, dobrý do koktejlů, ale k popíjení mě nelákal.
This one is the one to use to make a Dark 'n Stormy. For my everyday drink i use kraken since it´s cheaper. But this one is okay. Even if i prefer the 151 instead for the faster buzz..
Great for a dark n stormy, but not quite smooth enough to drink straight.
Great flavour, with a dark fruit (raisin maybe?) and molasses flavour. In the mouth it feels very thick when drank straight up.
A splash of ginger beer and Gosling's is one of my favourite rum cocktails.
Strong rum with a solid burn, a flavour which lingers, better served chilled with a quality ginger beer. Worth a look.
Pretty much the entry level black strap rum and the official mixer for a Dark 'n' Stormy (definition: blackstrap rum + ginger beer + lime).
If you like traditional Stormies, use Goslings Black Strap. For something a little less boring, use Cruzan Black Strap (smells like heaven). And, for something completely different, use Kraken Spiced Rum. All three of these rums are in the same price range, typically less than $20.
It's not as dark as one might think. I expected something black and heavy but the appearance really did reflect the experience. That is to say, a little thick/creamy with mostly caramel and a hint of molasses, some spice at the finish. A little too astringent as it is rather acidic, drier and although highly recommended with ginger beer, I preferred it on the rocks.
rhum original, goût prononcé, caramélisé, robe très foncée
The only Rum for a Dark and Stormy, but use a good ginger beer. On it's own it's not the smoothest rum out there but has very rich raisin fruit taste.
Great rum with smooth flavour not a special rum but one that you need in your collection. A weekend afternoon drink on the deck.
As everyone else has said this is best for the dark and stormy, and it does that very well. One of my favorite cocktails. reevaluated and I had to give it one more point compared to the other dark rums I have had recently
Bought this to make authentic Dark & Stormy's and to that end this does not disappoint. Do not, however, recommend as a rocks or neat rum. A bit harsh for that.
Sickly sweet and no depth. It burns no via alcohol but by acidity. Ok for mixing I guess but there are far better rums at this price point (27 Canadian).
I tried making a dark and stormy with ginger beer and I couldn't finish it - just too strong. I thought it might be the beer, but then I mixed it with Kracken and it was much better. It just has too much of a bitter bite for me.
Bruges kun til Dark N' Stormy, men der er den også god.
Dark n Stormies are great crisp summer beverage!!
Also, made a double chocolate rum cake which was delicious.
This is a good rum for mixers or in a rum cake
This is another one of those rums where taste is not a factor of price. This rum works in a cocktail as well as in the glass with a big rock to open things up a bit. In one of my recent tastings this rum can in tied with my Pillar's rum that cost much more. This bottle has a place on my mixing shelf and sometimes, I use it for a cheap date with an ice cube.
This rum was my first introduction to rums that could be enjoyed straight, with no mixers to mask the already excellent flavor. Black Seal is very smooth. A great introduction to the world of rum.
Best cocktail rum lots of heavy flavours
Good being mixed. I wnj it with cola but ginger ale rocks it too
Which is a Dark and Stormy!
Usually only slightly more expensive than your standard house rum but with so much more flavour. Great with ginger beer but very drinkable straight up. It has a lot of the characteristics of a rum in the more premium £40-£50 band in terms of depth, nose how smooth this stuff is. Just great value for a very good rum.
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide