About Goslings Black Seal Rum
The story of Goslings Rum is a serendipitous one, dating as far back as 1806, when James Gosling ventured out to sea at the request of his father. Gosling was heading towards Virginia, equipped with wines and spirits worth 10,000 pounds Sterling. 91 days into the trip the charter on the ship Mercury ran out, forcing Gosling to settle in Bermuda. Eventually, he decided to open a wine and spirits shop on the island. The rest, as they say, is history.
Upon his return to England in 1824 James Gosling opened a shop with his brother Ambrose, which has been in the Gosling family ever since. Their first rum, the Black Seal, was produced nearly half a century later in 1863. Produced in Bermuda, the Black Seal is synonymous with the island. Today, the family business is in the 7th generation of Goslings, who continue to lead the company as the largest exporter of any Bermuda-made consumable product. Goslings is also the only company that blends and bottles on the island.
Goslings flagship Black Seal Rum is a combination of triple-distilled pot-still and continuous-still rums that were aged independently in ex-bourbon casks, then blended together according to the secret family recipe from the 1850s. Its name comes from the champagne bottles that Goslings used for their Old Rum which were sealed with black wax. The rich and complex rum has received numerous awards, including a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition among several other gold and platinum medal wins.
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Rum history allegedly started in the Carribiens in the 17th century when they started to ferment and distill molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. Most of the Rum is aged in oak or ex-wine casks, giving its color and flavor.
We distinguish between 4 different Rum categories, where white or unaged rum is mainly used in cocktails, while dark, spiced, and añejo (aged) rum are mostly enjoyed neat.