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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.
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.
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
"Goslings Black Seal rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide"