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Gosling's Black Seal Rum
Gosling Brothers
Hamilton, Bermuda
80 Proof

By Gerard Heidgerken of Bilgemunky.com

Departing Jamaica, we now move on to Bermuda, an island known in the US primarily for its shorts, vicious ship-consuming triangles and (if you have any class) Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Not only boasting the world’s greatest non-pirate rum logo, Black Seal is also well-recognized as one half of the increasingly popular Dark ‘n Stormy, the other half being ginger beer. (Note: I use the term “half” loosely, as most bars don’t actually do a 50/50 mix for their Dark ‘n Stormys. You’ll have to ask VERY nicely, tip well and make sure you aren’t the one driving home.)

Where many dark rums have a caramelized quality to their nose, Black Seal is more akin to toasted. It eschews the usual molasses-forward notes, instead displaying qualities reminiscent of old-school Cherry Coke, with just a touch of cinnamon. Of traditional dark rums, this is definitely one of the spiciest. On the tongue, Black Seal starts warm and only gets warmer. Raisins and dried fruit complement undercurrents of molasses and brown sugar. The finish, like its nose, is warm and toasty. The heat of the alcohol certainly makes a strong showing, but it’s handily offset by a comfortably candy-like sweetness.

Gosling’s Black Seal is one of the cheapest, darkest rums that can be enjoyed straight up, but if you want something a bit more refined they also offer Gosling’s Old Rum—being their “private reserve” answer to Gosling’s Black Seal. The Old Rum is well worth trying and is actually available in the Milwaukee area if you look around.