Gosling's Black Seal
Aged: 3-6 years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Availability: Almost Everywhere
Price: $16-$18 (750 mL)
Have you ever chewed a rum? If not, you've likely never
tried Gosling's Black Seal. When you first look at the bottle, you might say, "Oh- a black bottle. Interesting." On closer look you'll find that the bottle is clear but the rum is cola colored.
In the bottle, Gosling's Black Seal looks
black as night, but poured it's more of a deep brown with red
On the nose there are tones of molasses, herbs, and
bourbon. Personally I love the aroma of Black Seal. It has
a subdued, creamy,
and pleasant, particularly when compared side by side with the
other black rum I reviewed recently,
The texture of Gosling's Black Seal is
thick and can be rolled around the tongue with a
sticky viscocity. The flavors are thick with classic rum tastes of caramel, sugarcane,
charred oak, and vanilla.
Alone this rum surrenders a bitter a warm,
medium bite and a bittersweet aftertaste. It can be enjoyed on
the rocks, though I prefer it mixed with coke or pineapple juice
or as a floater in a tropical drink.
True rum entuisiasts agrees that it's not a real
Dark 'n' Stormy if it's not Gosling's Black Seal and Barritt's
Ginger Beer - a creamy and delicious cocktail. If you have
a hard time finding Barritt's, Bundaberg's ginger beer makes a
great substitute. It's also perfect in a
The final score is that
Gosling's Black Seal is a versatile, quality rum at
an accessible price. If given the opportunity, don't pass it up!