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Episode 70: Goslings Black Seal Rum
Episode 7017th September 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 70 features Gosling Black Seal Rum, a blended rum from Bermuda that's a key ingredient in the Dark 'n Stormy cocktail. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $19.

Enjoy this episode with some Goslings neat, or in a Dark 'n Stormy!

Goslings' official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1806 - William Gosling charters a ship to carry his eldest son James Gosling to Virginia from London with £10,000 worth of wine and spirits to open a merchant business, becalmed at sea, the ship only gets him to Bermuda before his charter runs out
  • 1820s - Ambrose Gosling, younger brother of James, joins him in Bermuda
  • 1857 - One of the blends Ambrose has been experimenting with becomes known as "Old Rum", later to be renamed Black Seal.
  • Pre-WWI, the Goslings begin bottling their Old Rum in reused champagne bottles, sealed with black wax, locals begin to order the "black seal"
  • 1940s - The logo with a black seal juggling a barrel of rum on it's nose is introduced
  • 1991 - The Dark 'n Stormy cocktail is trademarked by Goslings

Key Cocktails:

Goslings is a required part of the trademarked Dark ' n Stormy. Here's how to make it:

  • 4 - 5 oz. Ginger Beer (Goslings would prefer you use their brand)
  • 1.5 oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum
  • Lime Wedge

Fill a glass with ice, pour in the ginger beer, float the black seal on top, and garnish with the lime.


YouTube Interview with Charles Gosling from 2010

YouTube History of Goslings with Malcom Gosling from 2011

Diffords Guide Profile (with videos) on Goslings

Vinepair Article on Goslings

Wikipedia Article on Bermuda

BBC Article on Bermuda Roofs & Water

YouTube History of the Dark 'n Stormy

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