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Gold, Brown, Red or Black how do you enjoy them?

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Old 08-04-2009, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default Coruba vs Myers vs Goslings

I've been using Coruba as my go to heavy dark mixing rum for a couple of years now, ever since the brand hit our area at least. It's been a while since I've used Myer's dark, and I have never sampled Gosling's Black Seal. I would like to have another rich dark rum on hand for different recipes, so I was wondering if anyone might be able to compare and contrast these dark rums for me?


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Old 08-04-2009, 02:11 AM   #2
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I find the Goslings to have one of the most distinct flavor profiles. I have not found a rum that is the same. Myers to me is just a standard dark rum. I have yet to sample the Coruba. Might I suggest trying Cruzan Blackstrap? Unique and a great floater or rum/cola combo.
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Craig, I place the Myers Dark on a lesser tier than the Goslings Black Seal or the Coruba Dark. The Myers has an upfront smell of ethanol which is born out in the taste. Sure there is a touch of molasses but, as a sipper it flunks. It is a backup rum for any drink that needs a Jamaican dark rum. Like you, I always go for the Coruba. With the Myers, it is hard for me to find any flavors through the hard ethanol taste.

The Coruba has that bold molasses nose which is definitely present in its taste. Coruba has a better burn on the tongue, too. There are hints of plum and prune. Behind those flavors, lies the molasses. Of course not a gentle sipper. But, I believe it is a better candidate than Myers for that guest which likes a rum and coke.

The Goslings Black Seal has such a laid-back nose for a rum with such a bold taste. It has a slight molasses and toffee smell. The taste is all molasses, though. I do not believe that it would pass as one of the other two rums in a well crafted drink. But, if one were doing a changeup with their Mai Tai, for instance, the Gosling would really lend itself to that purpose. Once again, not a sipper. Like the Coruba, it doesn't take much to make it a nice drink.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:05 AM   #4
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Jeff "Beachbum" Berry once told me that he didn't consider Gosling's an accurate substitute for Myer's or Coruba, based on its flavor profile. I'd stick with Coruba; it's distinctly better than Myer's in my opinion.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:30 PM   #5
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For me it all depends on the drink. A Dark & Stormy has got to be made with Gosling's, right? And a Planter's Punch can be pretty tasty with Myers. I've actually been enjoying a bottle of Maui Dark, a brand that I had not tried until last month. Good stuff.
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Thanks for your kind replies fellow rum fans.


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