- Gosling’s rum, boylan’s root beer, ice cream1.5 oz. Gosling’s rum
- 6 oz. Boylan’s Root Beer
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- METHOD: Build
- GLASS: Milkshake
- GARNISH: No garnish. Serve with a spoon and a straw
NOTES:• The history of Black Seal Rum and the Gosling family began long ago.In the spring of 1806 James Gosling, the oldest son of WilliamGosling, wine and spirits merchant, set out from England on the ship, The Mercury, with£10,000 of merchandise, bound for America. After 91 desperate days on a becalmed seatheir charter ran out, and they put in at the nearest port, St. George’s, Bermuda. Ratherthan pressing on for America, James opened a shop on the King’s Parade, St. George’s inDecember 1806. In 1824 James returned to England and his brother Ambrose rented ashop on Front Street in the new Capitol of Hamilton for £25 a year. The Gosling’s havemaintained a store at this location for 127 years. In 1857 the firm was renamed GoslingBrothers by Ambrose’s sons. Three years later the first oak barrels of rum distillate arrivedin Bermuda. Three years later, after much trial and error, the distinctive Bermuda black rumdestined to be Black Seal was formulated and offered for sale. They didn’t call it Black Sealat first. In fact, up until the First World War it was only sold from the barrel, and most folksbrought in their own bottles for a “fill up”. Eventually the black rum was sold in champagnebottles, reclaimed from the British Officer’s Mess, and the corks sealed with black sealingwax. Pretty soon people began to ask for the “Black Seal”. Many years later the idea ofthe little, barrel-juggling “Black Seal” was born and over the years Black Seal has becomesynonymous with Bermuda. It is the essential additive to Bermuda fish chowder, adds theisland touch to the Bermuda Rum Swizzle, and is the tempest in Bermuda’s favorite cocktail– the Dark ‘n Stormy. A family business for over two centuries, Gosling’s is today the onlycompany that blends and bottles in Bermuda, and is the largest exporter of a Bermudamade product. This is by no means a complex rum. It is rich and heavy with notes of spice,chocolate, coffee and molasses and is a blend of both pot still and column still rums.