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Truly a fantastic choice
Pusser's has had multiple limited 15 year expressions. This one, according to them, is purely from Guyana, 40% ABV; and seems to have minimal added sweeteners compared to previous incarnations.
Because it's already sold out as of this writing, I assume you're looking as a curiosity, or trying to decide whether to pay an inflated secondary market price. (I paid about $86 USD versus the $70 USD MSRP, not TOO bad...) I'm afraid I can't make it easy for you.
I really like Guayanese rums, which tend to be on the rich and sweeter side, but I don't care for too much added sugar which becomes cloying.This hits my objective "sweet spot" (pardon the pun). Its age gives it flavors of coffee and some tobacco and oak, but the low ABV and sweetness keeps it smooth, especially after letting the glass rest for a bit.
I'm surprised and a little disappointed they didn't go for a more intense ABV, allowing us to dilute to taste, but then I guess there wouldn't have been as many bottles to go around; it's still pretty complex. And it's that much easier to drink straight from the bottle.
Of course any rating is subjective. This rum is what it is, plainly. Sometimes I'm more in the mood for a funky Jamaican, some of you are going to prefer a completely unsweetened agricole, some of you are going to find a more heavily sweetened El Dorado smoother. But if you're looking for an easy-to-drink contemplative after-dinner rum, for my money, this is top notch.
I do a comparison with Gunpowder Proof. I love Guyana based navy blends, so I expect a lot from this blend.
Mollases based nose is greating me, a typical Demerara smell. The gunpowder proof has more coffee in the nose and is more earthy. The 15y is more gently and balanced with some additional flavors. First I get the molasses in the nose, it tastes like burned, thick sugar with coffee and salt. Behind that is the typical Guyana honey with caramel. It's a very tasty smell. Then I get the fruits,
herbs and the wood. I smell the molasses covered cask, not just the pure oak.
The taste starts quite intensive with Enmore flavors (raisins and caramel). I was afraid because of the dilution to 40%, but it's ok. It's very balanced again, you get molasses flavors (tanins, coffee, burned sugar) with honey but also wood and fruits. The taste is less intensive as at the Gunpowder. But because of that you can enjoy some more and finer flavors. It's also a little bit bitter because of the wood influence, it's definitely an old rum. Very tasty, rich and intensive navy blend IMHO.
There is no Barbados orJamaica influence. This is pure Guyana blend, but it's a good one.
I would prefer 45% I think, that's why it's a 86 points rating for me.
Nose: honey, caramel, molasses, raisins, herbs, papaya, figs, wood
Taste: raisins, caramel, herbs, wood, some tanins, honey, molasses
Middle: tanins, honey, molasses, papaya, raisins
Finish: spice, honey, wood, molasses, mint, caramel, raisins
Aftertaste: molasses and honey with wood, mint, very tasty
Experience level: amateur
Value (55€): 4/5
I was anticipating this bottle like no other. First, herd in the USA it is hard to find. I ordered it on line 4 times! The first 3,were canceled due to “ no stock”. So by the time this arrived I was REALLY ready to try it. This is great rum. Smooth with plenty of bite. Balanced with smoke and molasses. Not sweet. Long finish. Really good stuff. But I have to confess, at 3 times the price of the Pussers Navy rum I expected just a little more. I rated the regular navy a 9. I stand by it. This is likely a 9 also I just can’t help being a little disappointed.
Very nice, i’ve got a bottle of this as a birthday present from a very dear friend, my best friend we sampled this and it was a very nice aged rum. You can definitely taste the oak barrel. This Hass to be one of my favorites of the Pusser’s rum
I waited patiently when the original Pussers 15 ended, which was one of my favorite rums. I thought I was getting the last of the original batch when I ordered a case, and was shipped the new batch. It’s happened several times as many online sellers still display the old range label. I was so disappointed over a year ago I would have rated the new rum less but once again my shipment arrived with the new rum.
So unbiased this time this rum has a great dark amber color and easy nose, I’m thinking hint of the double wood still Port Mourant nose. Slightly sweet and easy on first taste, actually very nice but wishing it had more depth as a cask strength. Bottled at 40%, I’m thinking it could be so much better if not diluted down. Anyway very smooth finish nothing to complain about. Second taste I let stay on the tongue longer and get the Port Mourant flavor I initially smelled.
A very solid good rum but with Florida retailers asking close to $90, I feel it’s more worthy of a $60 price. I will buy it again but only at lower price.
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