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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.
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.
For me it’s not a sipping rum but great in cocktails especially the traditional Dark n Stormy.
Spicy with just a touch of orange this is a solid dark rum known as the perfect mixer for a Dark & Stormy. Not a good sipper, better as a mixer and blending rum...
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After trying a half ounce pour of Blackwell's Black Gold Special Reserve at a rum bar a few weeks ago, I read the reviews on here and many compared it to Gosling's Black Seal. This got my curiosity back onto it after more than 30 years. Back then, when I tried my only bottle of Gosling's, I did not have the palate that I have today, so I absolutely hated it.
When I bought my new bottle, I did the right thing and picked up a six pack of Gosling's Ginger Beer to make their authentic signature Dark And Stormy. The recipe from Gosling's web site seemed to have too little rum for my tastes, with 1 part rum to 3 parts ginger beer. So I kept searching through other recipes until one explained that it is all about getting the right balance between the rum and the ginger beer. Agree!!! It was suggested to use 2 parts rum to 3 parts ginger beer. I also added a bit of the optional lime juice. All I can say is that this is one very strange and unique drink that was never popular where I grew up. It strikes me as a wannabe Tiki drink that was created on the wrong side of the world. I had one recently at a favorite beach bar and thought WTF. The same goes for my home made authentic version. My response is still WTF. I also tried the Gosling's recipe, which tries to hide the taste of this rum.
So this all leads to my initial taste of sipping neat from a Glencairn glass. It is NOT a black rum at all. If you want true black rum, try Cruzan Black Strap. It is reddish mahogany in color, and the color almost matches my new bottle of Ron Zacapa XO. It is also semi-dry with 11 gpl of added sugar. The aroma and flavors are totally alien to me, maybe because Bermuda is way the hell out in the middle of the ocean. I don't hate it, but I surely don't love it. I will figure out what to do with the rest of the bottle and ginger beer. Thank goodness that my creative streak runs high. For right now, it starts out with my rating of a 6. I also have the feeling that I will develop a love/hate relationship with this rum. I have also found a better use for this rum in Bermuda Coffee.
If anything, this bottle finally was inspiration to try their ginger beer, which is non-alcoholic. Ever since my days of cruising in rough seas on craft of 110 feet or less, ginger ale was always present to avoid sea sickness. It is also a great mixer for many rums. Well, the flavors of Gosling's Ginger Beer make my favorite ginger ale seem pale in comparison. Now that I found this out, why mess up a good ginger beer by adding this rum?
Update 9 days later: I tried like hell to find the perfect drink for this crap, but it looks like my original judgment from 30 years ago still holds true to this day. I now drop my rating from a 6 to a 4. As bad as this rum is, I have actually come across quite a few rums that are even worse!
The one and only Rum for Dark and Stormy. Nothing for pure
Strong molasses flavor, pleasant aroma.
As many others have said, this is THE rum for making a good Dark and Stormy cocktail. It is not particularly a sipping rum, but is excellent for the special purpose of Dark and Stormy making (or, for that matter, for dousing fruitcake that is being aged). Well worth adding to your collection for variety.
Spicy yet sweet, with a little burn that mellows out this is a great dark rum for mixing!
Just wanted the bottle for my collection. Have had it before won't by it again.
I like black rums so I would say it is worth a try on ice when the standards aren't available, but I wouldn't enjoy it that much if it was neat.
Dark, smooth and a staple for any serious rum bar. This is a baseline for comparing other runs. A very old and time tested rum. Great on the rocks and good for sipping.
it was ok at taste but a prettier bottle would be nice. sometimes the image adds to the taste.
I give it a weak 7 rating. It's quite good in a dark & stormy or with tonic. Its taste is unique, but not totally likeable on its own. I am glad to see this rum on more and more bar and restaurant shelves. However too often it is the only dark rum offered.
I’m always on the lookout for a new sipping rum and read somewhere that this could stand on its own. No. Just...no.
Pleasant and surperisingly light rum to be so dark.
Not over sweet and the No 1 rum for your Dark'n stormy.
Rich in flavour with molasses sweet finnish
I would not recommend this to drink pure. Mix with your favo soda,
This was not a good way to end our great rum tasting evening!
Affordable dark rum from Bermudas. While mostly known as a mixing rum for Dark N’ Stormy, I purchased a bottle to test it as a sipping rum. Although sweeter than my preferered rums, the sugar level (11 GPL) is minimal unlike other sugar bombs I have tasted. This rum is actually a nice change and fine on its own. Molasses and caramel are evident but not overwhelming. Nicely surprised by this rum.
This is a far departure from the other rums you have tried. Not a fan, it is very heavy and bourbon like with a stout type of fullness it leaves you with. Will not be buying this again but if it is around at a party, I suggest you see for yourself.
This is my go to for a dark floater, perfect floater for a painkiller
Good quality dark rum. Popular for dark and stormy’s.
Nothing I prefer as avec or for zipping, but perfect for my favourite rumdrink “Dark ‘N’ Stormy”. So I rate it a 5, which for me is the highest rate I give a mixer rum.
Picture: My drink rum shelf
Not quite an 8 but decent sipper and great with coke.
Purchased a bottle of Goslings Black Seal (£23) after reading an article about the brand and checking the reviews on here.
Poured a bit over ice to sample and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised on its sippability. Nose is nutty, caramel, and slightly fruity. It's remarkably smooth and not overly sweetened, for its price and bottling although is a little ethanol burn which is expected.
The article I read was all about making the perfect dark'n'stormy and that this rum was the perfect pairing partner for ginger ale (it did recommend goslings ginger beer but it's difficult to get hold of here).
I do find it nicer to sip than to mix with ginger beer, and find it's better to mix with cola.
(EDIT: after moving through the bottle and trying with various mixers I find this is a good cola mixing rum am yet to find a ginger ale fiery enough to pair with it. Although smooth over ice I find it a little harsh on the throat clean in the glass with time to breath. Over ice it's an ok sipper without it is not. As a result I've had to bring it down to a 6 would have been a 5 but at £23 it makes a good rum and coke)
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide