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Gosling's Black Seal

(70cl, 40%)

Gosling's Black Seal

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Gosling's Black Seal Bottling Note

Gosling’s Black Seal combines rums from both pot and continuous column stills. The name comes from the black wax that was originally used to seal the bottles, but now there’s an actual black seal on the label. The iconic rum has been produced in Bermuda since 1806, which is a pretty long time. "If you're doing something right, don't fix it" and all that... You’d be a fool not to serve this in a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, as the cocktail is actually trademarked by the Gosling brothers.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet, dark, cooked fruits. Fruitcake, spice, herbal.

Palate: Balanced with thick, sweet spices, stewed fruits.

Finish: Spiced, crisp, tingling.

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Gosling's Black Seal Reviews

Excellent value for money

Got this specifically for dark and stormy, and it delivered. Not up there with my good sipping rums, but I didn’t expect it to.
I will have this in the hip flask next time I’m camping.

20th August 2020

It’s our go to rum

Straight on the rocks. It’s incredible on the palate.

27th July 2020

Excellent with ginger beer or as a rum cocktail!

This was the drink that made me a life-long rum aficionado after I was introduced to it when we lived in Bermuda. An excellent drink with a fiery ginger beer (to make the famous "Dark & Stormy") or with in a cocktail of fruit juices, ice and a few drops of angostura bitter ("rum swizzle")! Great to see that it is available in UK!

24th May 2020

Plenty of ice ginger beer rum on top with a squeeze and wedge of lime

The only rum that makes a true Dark n Stormy, have sold it for 26 years and now will be serving them at my next port of call

17th July 2019

Really Excellent if you're up for a stronger taste than usual.

I love dark rum so when I saw it recently appeared on the shelf at my local liquor store I decided to try it. First of all I drink spirits over ice or straight up as a general rule. And the taste of this one considerably surprised me. I wasn't sure at first if I want a second drink it was that different. Then as different tastes often do and I of course tried it again it started to grow on me and I'm loving the variation of spicy flavours that's quite different to the usual dark rum on the shelf. I've no doubt it's to be a favourite late night chilly weather drink because it's performed rather well on hot humid nights already. Definitely give it a try if you like the "taste" of rum giving your mouth a wallop!

17th August 2017

one of the best

Great with just ice, nearly as good as Tanduay and just as hard to buy if youre not in a city, 9/10

5th August 2017

Very ordinary.

Below par; not much in the way of the complex molasses, fruit or vanilla flavours you might hope for and it seems stronger than 40%. Harsh on your throat and stomach. I've tasted better supermarket own brand rum, having said that it's better than some French rum I've had the misfortune to try, give me a glass of Mount Gay thanks.

15th February 2017


A lovely rum to drink neat.Smooth,sweet and a luxurious mouth feel.
I recommend highly.

11th January 2017

Mixers Dream

I have found this to be a very good mixing rum. I love to mix this with a classic cola or create my own dark 'n stormy - would definitely recommend.

23rd March 2016

Great to mix

Yep, a few have mentioned it, and I'd agree, not a sipper, but mixed with a cola, it's the best. Lovely in cocktails. Got that dark, sweet molasses thing going on! Mmmmmmm

22nd March 2016

Great for cocktails

This tasty rum is my favourite for cocktails and impressing my friends with a dark and stormy.

21st March 2016

Hard to beat

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

Rum Enthusiast

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

old sailor

151 goslings let you know who is the boss

15th August 2014

Bitter and twisted

If you chew your baccy, then it may be for you.

27th January 2014

Dark n Stormy II

Agreed it does make a great dark and stormy, now it's gone do I order another or try something different?

8th December 2013

Neiled 71

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

Mixed Feelings

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

Dark n Stormy

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

Dan, Lincoln

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

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