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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.
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.
This rum is perfect for the Dark N Stormy cocktail with it´s dark, thick flavor. Also good in tiki drinks, obviously.
Amazing in Dark and Stormys particularly in their branded special glasses. Try it with Gummi Bears at the bottom for pure novelty!
A great dark rum for cocktails. Brings everything up a notch just by using instead of "regular" dark rum.
If you like dark & stormys with Myers you'll like Black Seal. Very similar.....not anything I'd drink neat or without a mixer.
english style, a final persistent, smooth....
Expected more from Bermuda's oldest rum. Bit to harsh and dry for my sipping taste. I would only use it in mixed drinks. A 6 for me.
Black Seal is a great all around rum for mixing and reasonably priced. Great in a Dark 'N Stormy. I like it better than Myers dark rum.
Nice balance of sweet, funk, and molasses. Although this is not supposed to be a spiced rum, it could pass for a very good one. My favorite mixing rum.
On the smell we can find some vanilla and fruit (close to plum smell) and the taste is similare.
Not a great rum but a nice one and better for mixed drinks.
ps: the 1st bottle I buy (and drink) had a mono smell and taste of liquorice. I don't know if the flavor change alot from each bottle or not.
This is the prefect rum for someone to move on to from the standard rums out there (think of Lamb's etc etc). It works well straight up, on the rocks on mixed and doesn't break the bank
Way too molasses-y and not well rounded. Leaves a kind of sticky residue in your mouth. Good dark fruit flavor though. Will not buy again.
Initially there are enticing aromas of caramel and burnt sugar. There is also an almost fruity sweetness that reminds me of baked apples which is followed by warm caramel. The rum is not too sweet. I can taste caramel, burnt sugar and butterscotch with just a tiny hint of bitterness. The rum is quite dry with a light spice. A must for mixing with ginger beer.
Color : Dark mahogany
Flavour : Treacle, ripped fruits, spices like caramel & cumin, toffee
Palate : Soft & gentle but rich, clean finish
It's THE rum to use to do a Dark n' Stormy (official Bermuda drink), a must to have in your cabinet...
This is my go to rum for mixing with cola.....but only a splash of coke.
Lest there be any doubt, this is for a Dark & Stormy. That's about it. Too prominent a flavor for anything else.
Full and smooth a keeper
This is the rum that got me started on tasting different rums. It's sweet and has little burn. It works well by itself and a mixer.
Good as a Rum + Coke mixer.
Mixes well and great straight up
Must have for a proper Dark & Stormy, an aquired taste as a mixer for other recipes, smokey molasses flaver can be overpowering.
Love this dark rum
If you don't already know about this rum, start researching. PERFECT rum for the Dark and Stormy drink of Bermuda. I always have a bottle of this to make dark and stormy's when the mood is right!
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide