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A much rated rum from Bermuda. This was rated 96 out of 100 at the World Spirits Championship. It is named for the black sealing wax used to seal the stopper in place.
Nose: Sweet, dark, cooked fruits. Fruitcake, spice, herbal.
Palate: Balanced with thick, sweet spices, stewed fruits.
Finish: Spiced, crisp, tingling.
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For the price this is the best dark rum you're going to find. I totally disagree that it's not a sipper (though agree it is a notch-above mixer) and I'm a choosy git when it comes to my rum. Yeah I'd rather have a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva but that's getting on for twice the price. Put this in a taste test with a lot of more expensive rums and it still stands out.
1st April 2015
Reminds me of Christmas in a bottle. Cinnamon, spices, Xmas pud all rolled into one. Great in a tall glass with ice on a cold winters night. Not a sipper for me.
12th February 2015
We in Nova Scotia like rum a lot, and are pretty choosy. Gosling's is right up our alley!
18th October 2014
151 goslings let you know who is the boss
15th August 2014
If you chew your baccy, then it may be for you.
27th January 2014
Agreed it does make a great dark and stormy, now it's gone do I order another or try something different?
8th December 2013
Nice for mixing Dark n Stormys are lovely tried making them with other rum and it doesn't work.
28th May 2013
I am actually from bermuda and it is what i grew up with. i do agree its not a rum for sipping and more for making our local mixed drinks such as the Dark N Stormy. it turns this rum into such a wonderfully sweet tasting drink that you cant get enough of. our rum swizzle is also amazing. its a mixture of fruits. like a very tropical fruit punch served with ice. you can never get enough.
4th April 2013
Have to agree with Dan. Initial flavors are there but the finish leaves a bit to desire. It comes of as a bit unbalanced in that the initially great flavors drop off quickly to a very sharp and harsh finish. Then again for the price you pay it's good value. Probably a good rum for mixing, less so for sipping. ~US
22nd March 2013
poured sparingly over the top of a mojito as a float....delighful
25th May 2012
A lovely bottle which when sat with friends putting the world to rights allows a smooth palate easily digested with lovely round notes, highly recommended
21st December 2011
Mix a double shot of this nice rum with some ginger beer and serve over ice and you have a lovely glass of Dark and Stormy. The drink I was introduced to during my stay in Bermuda. A great drink to watch the sun go down.
6th April 2011
I'd say the tasting notes are pretty much spot on for a start. There is definitely a predominant rich, stewed fruits taste with a nice winter spice to accompany it. It made me think of Christmas drinking this rum. I would have rated it higher but it wasn't the smoothest of rums, I needed to sip quite a lot of water after each sip of rum to take the edge off and to get the most out of the flavours. I'd say all in all it is a mixed bag, it is a nice rum but I think there are a lot of better rums out there.
17th September 2010