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The Great British Admiralty first served rum daily to its Royal Navy sailors over 300 years ago until the ration was abolished in 1970. In 1979 Charles Tobias bought the recipe rights, formed Pusser’s Ltd. in the British Virgin Islands, and for the first time made the rum it available for public consumption.
Pusser’s British Navy rum today is the same blend of five West Indian rums as the British Admiralty issued to sailors.
Known as the “single malt of rum” Pusser’s British Navy rum is pot stilled using a similar method as that for single malt scotches, and with no artificial flavors is 100% natural.
Tasty, but not quite great
I bought it because it was at a bargain price, and also because I readed a lot about the legendary rum of British Navy. The choise fell on the blue label with 40% ABV, I thought that the "original" 54% ABV could be...too much!
Nose: when I opened the bottle, I immediately heard the ship's bell ringing in the room. What the heck! It opens with a strong mature banana, powerful grapes, sultanas, vanilla and then caramel, cotton candy, chocolate, brown sugar, an hint of thick leather and elegant woods.
Taste: the taste is full bodied, it repeats what you've felt at the nose with some additions. Again comes mature bananas and other mature fruits. Surprisingly kick in a delicate touch of citrus fruits (orange and bitter orange, for the most) and then a touch of coconut, cocoa, delicate woods. It's lightly sweet but with a touch of sour.
But it's at the end that come in a lot of round, smooth custard note, with butter and again cocoa. It's persistent, it remains for a long time, and it's awesome. If you close your eyes, it seems like you're eating pastry!
Notes: the persistency of the flavours it's very noticeable in this rum. I think that could be the blend with Guyana rums (usually in the sweet side), but believe me when I say that this rum can easily replace a dessert. Try it with 70%/80% dark chocolate and you will not regret it.
Old copper-yellow colour with a light yelow rim.
Moderate intense nose with aroma's of caramel, brown sugar and woodimpressions.
Gentle start on the palate with aroma's of caramel, bourbon and a hint of vanilla.
Long finish and well balanced
This rum is dark in color and has a light molasses nose. It hasn’t much body in the taste but wait for it… there it is! The molasses flavor comes in really late! I can see why it would be good mixed into Painkillers but I would probably add another rum or two to round out the body from start to finish.
Love on the first sip.
This rum has everything for me. Satisfyingly rich and complex aroma, enough dirtyness to be interesting in the long run. Hint of sweetness. Molasses, dried fruit, warmth, hint of gasoline.
There is no Jamaican rum in Pusser's, but it tastes as if there was.
I really like this. And the Gunpowder version. Only rum so far that I am confident I will buy over and over. On my fourth bottle, and I rarely (never?) bought second bottles of anything else.
To me, this is exactly what "typical" rum should taste like. Of course, I am aware that there is a multitude of rum styles and that there is a lot of variation, which is great. But somehow this is the smell and taste that I would associate with "rum".
I don't think you will find any better value for your money. Excellent, excellent, excellent, thrice excellent.
There are, strictly speaking, better rums out there. But even for double, nay, thrice the money, they are not easy to find. If you like the style at least a little, you cannot go wrong with this.
This review is about the All-Guyana version. I have an old bottle of a different blend, including Barbados and Virgin Island rums, which is good but not as good as this rum.
Having said that, I very much enjoy a half and half mix of Pusser's and Appleton Rare 12 Years.
Let me start with this: I'm a shallow person. I "judge books by their covers", and I'm generally not ashamed to admit that. When I saw this bottle in the past, I thought the label looked cheap and cheesy, and would not have given this one a chance at all.
Thanks to RumRatings, my eyes have been opened. This site/app has allowed me to get some insight and reviews from people that have helped me to find some amazing products... AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM.
So biased opinion of packaging aside, here's what I found from this drink:
As soon as I opened the bottle, I got a wonderful aroma from it. Caramel/butterscotch, a bit of vanilla, molasses, just a hint of smokiness.
Lets talk taste, because that's what this is all really about, right?
At 84 proof, it's just a bit above what I've traditionally associated with spirits (in my experience), but I dont think that it's noticeably different in perception vs an 80 proof. I'll be trying the Gunpowder proof as soon as I can, since what I'm reading from other reviews is that this is the same product, but watered down a bit.
I really enjoy the flavor here; it seems that the navy blends I've enjoyed have a similar Guyana component that I'm exploring more in depth.
I'd still rate this one slightly behind LemonHart, but definitely will be keeping this around to enjoy.
If you like some complex flavors, not a lot of burn, and an affordable price, this is probably a good choice. I picked this up locally for $27 CAD, and will be going back to get the Gunpowder Proof ($40 CAD) soon.
"Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews"
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