The history of Black Seal Rum® and the Gosling family began in the spring of 1806 when James Gosling, wine and spirits merchant, set out from England on the ship, Mercury, with £10,000 of merchandise, bound for America. After 91 days on a becalmed sea their charter ran out, and they put in at the nearest port, St. George's, Bermuda. Rather than pressing on for America, James opened a shop in Bermuda in 1806. Seven Generations later, they are still there! In 1857, after much trial and error, the distinctive Bermuda black rum was offered for sale. The secret blend of three different rums, aged independently, was not called Black Seal at first. It was called Old Rum. Up until World War 1, it was only sold from the barrel, and most folks brought in their own bottles for a "fill up." Eventually, the black rum was sold in reclaimed champagne bottles, and the corks were sealed with black sealing wax. Pretty soon, people began to ask for the rum with the "Black Seal." Many years later, the idea of the little, barrel-juggling "Black Seal" was born.
The Dark 'n Stormy® is Bermuda's national drink and has become a favorite of sailors across the US. So simple to make, and uniquely refreshing, it is simply Gosling's Black Seal Rum mixed with ginger beer. Lime Optional, Enjoyment Mandatory! The Dark 'n Stormy cocktail will be featured at Leukemia Cup Regatta post-race parties, and coveted Gosling's gear will be available to fundraisers who reach certain goals.
For more information, please visit www.goslingsrum.com