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Pusser’s British Navy Rum 15-Year is a blend of five rums from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados which are produced in mainly wooden pot stills. The blend is aged for 15 years.
The company derives its name from the British Navy 'Purser' who distributed a daily 'tot' of rum ration to each sailor - a tradition which lasted from 1655 until 1970. In 1979 Charles Tobias obtained the rights to blend the original recipe of the British Navy Rum.
Pusser's British Navy Rum is casually known as “Nelson’s Blood” as a nod to the famous death of Admiral Nelson. After being mortally wounded in a naval battle in 1805, Nelson’s body was preserved in a barrel of rum.
Popping the cork you get a very wooded oak smell from it and only the tiniest trace of alcohol in there which a tinge of possibly fruit. In the glass it is much the same and looks much the same. Drinking it straight and neat is like drinking candy sweet on entry, a little bit of heat kicks it, the oak from the barrel trims it out and with some spice in the back and a vanilla finish. Much like the original pussers but more smooth however I Iiked the heat of the regular pussers. In diet coke it's smoothness and balance is its downfall, not many flavours (mostly oak cask) come out so this is much better neat. However it makes a very unusual tasting diet coke that some may love (bitter sweet). Honestly though I prefer the original Pussers blue label for its boldness and it's amazing Rum and coke taste. I say drink the blue plus it's cheaper!
The original Navy Rum aged for 15 years.
One of the best
In the style of navy rums, it is a bit high in alcohol, which is balanced by sweetness. Interesting, but not enough deep flavors.
With a nice bottle, a beautiful label and a fantastic story around “Nelson’s blood” this rum unquestionably defends its place in my rumshelf even if I not have liked it, but I do.
The flavours are very nice and the afterburn is real long. It’s quite sweet but not to sweet. It should have been interesting to taste it in an navy strength level, but still one of my favourites on my shelf.
In the most positive sense a very strong rum with typical Demerara flavours. Beside a complex spice there is a unique, deep fruitiness. Absolute recommendation, maybe too much for rum beginners, as it has quite its (enjoyable) edges.
This rum is a true masterpiece. Perfect in any points. Price is high and it deserve it. Buy again if I can find other bottles.
I Purchased my first bottle of Pusser rum in pussers wharf, Tortola. I found the wrong to be very smooth but have a sharp sent when you first open the bottle. I enjoyed it with a chaser of Coke or chilled on the rocks.
Nose: cola, vanilla, tropical fruit and salty toffee
Taste: The cola taste comes first, its strong and i like it.
Then comes quite lot of spices, cinnamon and clove most notably, then vanilla and tropical fruit.
The toffee note isn't as overpowering as in Pussers Gunpowder but its still noticeable.
Quite sweet and sugared but not as much as El Dorado 12 (thank god).
Overall quite well balanced.
Finish: Spicy and fistfull of aromatic oak, not too much though. Sugary smooth.
Overall: Brilliant navy style xo rum that has strong and complex flavours that go on forever.
The added sugar doesnt bother me that much because it isnt too sweet where it would start to really destroy the profile of the rum (like in el dorado 12 and diplomatico reserva exclusiva) but i cant dislike this rum because the flavor profile is quite outstanding but i hope pusser will release less or unsugared and undiluted version of this rum.
A dark and "robust" looking rum. The nose has notes of wood, leather, tobacco, chocolate, marcipan and cherry's. It's nice for sure. The palate starts of with the cherry's, marcipan and chocolate. It's fairly sweet(end). It then roll's on to sweet pipe tobacco and leather, finishing on the rounded wooden note. It's a great flurry of flavours and in a lot of ways a very good rum but unfunately a bit to sweet for my liking, restraining this bottle from a 9 rating.
You GOT to taste and have this rum
Dette er en rom man bør smake og ha i skapet
Cracking rum, this!
The first thing I noticed was the lovely smell. It has a strong oak and molasses aroma to it with some tropical fruit in there too.
On the taste, well first of all it's... really good! That's the first thing you notice. It has a mixture of sweetness and bitterness which is quite interesting and seems to come and meander in and out over the time that you drink it - even more interesting. There is oak and molasses, fruit (particularly banana and pineapple), a hint of raisn and date. The aftertaste is an interesting slow fade of rooibos tea, with a tingle on the tip of the tongue - a sweetness and a sort of coffee and tobacco bitterness sailing around in there too.
It is a much more viscous rum than most - it has sticky legs and is a little syruppy - but not too sweet. Any sweetness here is balanced out.
If it's not far off what the British Navy drank, no wonder they were not keen to lose the Rum Ration in 1970!! Though I think what they had was not quite as good as this - aside from the Captains and Admirals.
Comme première impression, le rhum est assez ordinaire, manque de rondeur et de complexité, Avec un long contact a l'air, ce rhum devient très doux et développe une bonne complexité.
I passed this over so many times through the years simply because of the words "Navy Rum". I guess I pictured Navy rum as being nothing more than flavored gasoline. You know. Rough and Tough. The words "Overproof" and "Gunpowder Proof" didn't help matters much either. After seeing so many glowing reviews of the "Nelson's Blood" I had to give it a try and I'm sure glad I did. This Navy rum has turned out to be one of my favorites. I love the flavor and aroma of wood in certain rums and Pusser's 15 does wood superbly. It will truly be a sad day when the few remaining wooden pot stills cease production. We will be loosing a taste of the past that will never be accurately reproduced by using other methods.
I'm kind of new to rum being a single malt whiskey person but this rum has definitely turned me. I've been trying quite a few different rums, even got the 24 dram from Masters of Malt.They only allow 1 bottle of this Pussers per order. What's that tell you? By far this one keeps up with those costing hundreds. No kidding! I'm sold on this and get it every chance.I can, since it doesnt last long. Especially when it's in the Pusser's 15yr old Trafalger decanter! Like those good old scotch's ( such as Glenfiddich 21 yr old in a Wedgewood decanter for instance, which by the way is aged in RUM casks! $600-900. Wouldn't it be something if they used Pusser's casks.) Why make a decanter if it's not the best? Good question?AYE! Update, I've tried a few more finely aged rums. OK, so it's obvious they put sugar in their rum but I gotta tell you, not only do they know how to distill rum but they also know just how much sugar to add to put this on top period. Still #1 in my book!
Sweet rum with character. Easy to sip. Fruity. Like to share in good company
Upon my first snifter of this highly rated rum, I was sorely disappointed for doling out $45. Those first few neat sips were like a punch in the face from the raw alcohol taste. I first rated it as a 5 and compared it to an enticing young lady who suckers gullible guys in and then grabs them by the throat and takes all of their money. I shoved that bottle to the back of my cabinet for a few days.
Then being snowed in and running out of rums to try from my cabinet, I gave this one another chance. Now I knew that one needs to let their rum breathe before sipping, but I have never had one breathe within it's bottle after only a few sips. Talk about night and day and it's character really showed it's colors! Oh my God! The aroma (I hate the term "nose") opens up like a sweet smelling tropical bouquet! The closest I would compare the taste would be Mount Gay XO with a lot more subtle flavors and smoothness, so this Pusser's gets an upgrade to a 9 rating. It just keeps getting better each day!
Yes, it has added sugars, which most rum distillers use these days, but they can't seem to win unanimous approval from fellow rum drinkers. If one wants no added sugars, then go with Don Q Gran Anejo or Flor de Cana 18, but try not to to complain about boring taste. I personally don't like rums without added sugars and have stated so in those reviews. Most of the rest of the fine rums will plead guilty to adding sugars. Hey, after spending 12 years or more in wooden barrels and losing a lot of volume to the angel's share, the distiller has to do something to make the results readily marketable, and I would compare this skill with the best of chefs who know exactly how to season their dishes. That in itself is a fine art!
Update May 3, 2018: This one has not withstood the test of time, so it gets docked one point. Not bad, but not great after sitting half full in the bottle for a few months.
Update June 23, 2019: I finally found another bottle, which is rare in these parts. This highly sweetened rum is one sure way to ruin a perfectly good Central American Arabica coffee. And due to the amount of added sugar, so much as one glass of this will have your ass married to the royal porcelain throne the next morning with diarrhea. You have been warned!!! I have lowered my rating for this reason.
This is to date the best rum I’ve ever tasted. It is smooth yet stout. I recommend drinking this neat with a spoonful of water. The nose is delightful with hints of sweetness. The mouth is truly memorable and the finish is clean and smooth like a fine wine. The only negative and it’s not too bad is a wee bit sweet and sugary but then again it is rum. I would drink this straight and not lessen its greatness with a mixer. Absolutely the best rum for the price
U tohoto rumu jsem byl velmi překvapen Absolutně jsem neznal tuto značku a byl jsem vlastně donucen si ho koupit. V jednom baru jsem zaslechl frajery jak ho chválí,ale že za 200,- si ho tady nedají. Barman se jim pak snažil jejich úmysl rozmluvit, ale nedali se :-D . S nedůvěrou jsem si sáhnul do regálu a odnesl jsem si ho na chalupu. Nastal večer, kdy prťata šla spát a s kamarádem jsme si vzali Maduro 5 . Přišla jeho chvíle, promlouval jsem do láhve,aby mě nezklamal. No nezklamal !! Je to silný a moc dobrý rum s příjemnou sladkostí a nádhernou barvou. Všem doporučuji !!
At first I was surprise by kinda strong woody tones (unique taste for sure). But my journey ended with a happy end. I like trying a different feel but it didn’t end with the happy end in this case.
Very strong smell, strong flavour of oak and and as another reviewer mentioned I also got a bit of mango.
Surprisingly it goes down nice and easy. Got to the end of the dram and wanted another.
Very smooth and almost cognac tasting. Not very sweet but really enjoyable
Since I don't remember the palate, I'll just fill out the chars...
This rum is smooth and sweet. The colour is dark golden and the taste as well
Bought this for the decanter. A powerful, warming dry rum with loads of oak timber and whisky like characteristics. Not the kind of rum I like to drink straight. I would mix this instead. The 1 litre yachting decanter is a piece of art though.