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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.
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
preferable to Havana 7yr old in almost all cocktails. Excellent mixer but wouldn't drink it neat
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.
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide