Goslings Black Seal

Owner

Manufacturer:

Gosling Brothers Ltd.

Price approx:

20

Origins

Terroir:

Bermuda

Regulations:

not specified

Classification

Style:

british

Gargano:

blended modernist rum
raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

pot and continuous stills

aging

Aging:

NAS, ex-Bourbon casks

sugar added

Sugar added:

15 g/L

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

40%

additives

Additives:

yes, caramel

Pretext

Every kid knows that there is something wrong with the Bermuda Triangle, after all yachts, ships and planes disappear there without a trace. Sensational reports of unexplained disappearances between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda stimulate a youthful and still trusting imagination; is there the mythical Atlantis lying at the bottom or the deep abysses are littered with fantastic creatures or maybe the area is settled by aliens? Well, the slightly older kids are looking for an explanation in science; in geomagnetic anomalies, methane hydrates, Gulf Stream and finally in human error. Finally, NOAA doesn't record a proportionately greater frequency of mysterious disappearances in this area.


Another puzzle can be found on the Gosling's Black Seal label and specifically where the black seal juggles rum' barrel with its mouth. Meanwhile, these mammals avoid Bermuda due to the warm water temperatures and lack of soft-boned fish stock. The seals prefer herring, cods and invertebrates, washed occasionally down with some seawater. While the animals also get drunk according to their abilities, seals may encounter difficulties in obtaining rum.


Gosling Brothers has been importing and distributing rum since 1858. Initially the spirit was sold directly from the barrel. Over time, however, the rum was filled in ex-champagne bottles with black sealing wax. The verbal pun on the label was visualized many years later. The champagne bottle was replaced with a wine bottle and the wax sealing with a metal cap. Even so, Gosling's is in Bermuda still considered as an export hit.

Procedure

Bermuda belongs to the West Indies and is located in a humid subtropical climate with a year-round spring and summer period. Gosling's Black Seal is a blend of unidentified Caribbean rums; aged in charred ex-burbon barrels for an indefinite time (probably up to three years). Imported molasses-based rums come from pot and continuous stills. Colored with caramel and sweetened - 15 g/L.

Aroma
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Malt, honey, camomile. Cloves and pistachio baklava.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Butterscotch, vanilla and caramel.
— as they tell
Burnt marble cake with pickled cherries. Orange peel with cinnamon.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Ginger, cloves.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: February 27th, 2021