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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’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)
I like this one, its the perfect mix rum.
Its very smooth and sweet (but not too).
Great price also.
Används i princip bara till en fantastisk dark n stormy. Perfekt rom med smak av lite lakrits, vanilj och arrak. Men används bara till dark n stormy för min del.
Tmavý rum s barvou dočervena. Zastřená, kouřová vůně dřeva.
Chuť karamel, doutník.
I can sip this. But I think I taste something other than rum. Not that this extra taste is disagreeable.
Perfect to mix in cocktails, but It also does taste just fine on it own.
Upon first taste of this rum it was clear that this had to mixed to be even slightly enjoyable. while dark n stormy with this rum is seemingly a fan favorite I was not a fan. Black Kraken is a much better mixer than this even though it's cheaper.
It's a fine product. For my taste it's a bit too molassy and oily but the as the posts above says, it's the best for Dark N Stormy.
Goslings has quite spicy flavor and has hints of anis flavor in it. In my opinion gosling is ok for cocktails but not a sipper. This should be obvious. If I would choose a mixer, I would select kraken over this.
Makes a great dark and stormy obviously. Still good to sip on its own. Not the moat complex but just a good straight forward caribbean rum.
I prefer using this rum in mixers (my personal favorite is a rum & coke with sugarcane Coke). Has hints of vanilla and caramel, hence my recommendation for mixing.
Sweet but dark. Acceptable straight, better mixed.
This is part of a 24 Rum Advent Calendar given to me.
Dark amber in color. Faint nose, slightly sweet. Mild mouth feel with a nice balance of flavor to alcohol. Interesting flavor that I can't quite land on, but not unpleasant. None of the vanilla, caramel, spice that the color would lead you to expect. Respectable.
Dunkles Mahagoni im Glas.
In der Nase schwere Düfte von stark gebranntem Karamell, dunkler Schokolade, Holztöne, Nelken und anderen Gewürzen.
Im Gaumen recht fruchtig, Orangenzeste, Karamell und etwas Holz.
Im Abgang Karamell mit tropischen Früchten.
Der Rum für den perfekten Dark 'n' Stormy !
Dark mahogany in the glass.
On the nose heavy scents of strong burnt caramel, dark chocolate, wood tones, cloves and other spices.
Very fruity on the palate, orange zest, caramel and some wood.
In the finish caramel with tropical fruits.
The rum for the perfect Dark 'n' Stormy!
Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide