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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'm not a big fan of the Pusser's 15, as it's dominated by bourbon and lacking in rum characteristics that I love, so I wasn't sure how I'd like this. The 15 is far better. I realize this rum was probably intended for mixing, but I rate rums by their taste straight. To me, this is no sipper.
Smells of a harsh spice, whiskey, and oak, with just a hint of sugar, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is also harsh; the 42%abv is a bit too much for the flavor. To me, this whiskey flavor doesn't go well with the rum. If my opinion changes I'll update my score, but so far after several tastings, I'm sticking with my original review.
My grandad introduced me to this before I drank rum and it blew my head off! Now I can appreciate it properly - certainly not the smoothest but I'd never dream of drinking it any other way than neat.
Très bon nez, malgré son degré élevé on retrouve des odeurs boisées... Assez doux au palet, on retrouve des arômes sucrées.
Has a nice rounded, well- bodied taste that packs a nice punch at the end of a sip. So far, this makes the best Mai Tai I have had mixed with the Zaya rum.
You can see why the navy would give this to its sailors. Strong and sugary. You need to try it if for nothing else because of its history. Basic rum.
As a sailor for 29 years, I have enjoyed Pusser's rum on several occasions when it was supplied by the Queen. It was difficult to find locally for a while, but I managed to get some when they brought back the original blend in the ceramic flasks and decanters. It seems to me that that was a much better version. At any rate, it is now available in all the local vendors establishments. The rum is a rum drinkers rum. Strong, full taste and a long after taste. Good on the rocks or with a splash of water and a wedge of lime.
Pussers is an excellent sipping rum and very smooth in a mix. Although not as highly rated as it's 15 yr brother, this is still worth buying. Strong but pleasant brown sugar flavor is notable.
Normally I don't tend to like rums over 40% as I find them too spirity. But this, sipping slowly, doesn't burn and warms you nicely and really doesn't come across as 54.5%. Molasses and treacle abound. Very good if you like this style.
"Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews"
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