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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.
Upon pouring this in my snifter I noticed that it has a pleasing aroma. Somewhat sweet with a bit of an alcohol tickling. This may be explained, in part, by the fact that is a bit higher proof than normal for rum (84 proof). Not a huge difference but enough to give it some bite. It has good legs albeit a bit thin. The flavor is nice with toffee and vanilla undertones and some noticeable pepperiness. Also has a little sweetness to it. Not as smooth as it's 15-year cousin it still has a nice flavor. A bit smooth, too (perhaps aided by a bit of sugaring albeit not too much according to testing).
This a good all-around rum. Good in my Coke Zeroes...well, the "new and improved" sugar-free Coca-Colas (different flavor? Yes. Improved. Definitely not. However no where near as bad as "New Coke". Those old enough remember that debaucle. Those not old enough can Google it.). This would be quite usable in mixed drinks.
Es un ron con mucha historia que lo respalda. Es un ron sencillo, decente y sin sorpresas. Seco y mucha madera.
This takes a little while to get used to - it's strong, and the citrus/pepper notes combined with the total lack of sugar can hit you hard if you're not expecting it. Once you're hooked, it's hard to go back. This is truly an excellent rum worth trying if you don't like sweet rums.
Fairly average taste, but certainly very drinkable with coke.
A perfect blend for cocktails though not really recommendable to enoy it straight.
This rum has almost all you wish for in a rum. Real molasses flavours, heavy pot still character with its blend of different rums. Typical of its British style and navy origin. A rum every rum connoisseur should know!
Wouldn’t bother with this as a sipper. A high quality mixer.
Wonderful mixer and not bad on the rocks. Unfortunately, a bit pricey.
In my heyday of traveling extensively through the Caribbean from 1988 to 1996, I drank cheap Cruzan and Appleton rums to save money for all of my trips. Then I happened upon a bottle of this rum from the BVI's one day. I bought a bottle and had absolutely no idea what the Royal Navy daily ration meant. It was so different from any rum that I had tried. However, I soon looked upon this rum as an occasional foray into "finer" rums, as I had yet to learn about the true finer rums. I kept buying this "luxury rum" on occasion for many years until one day the taste changed. I gave up and avoided it for at least 20 years.
Having liked their 15 year old that even made it into my top 10 rums, I finally gave this one another try. My only purpose for buying it was to make authentic Goombay Smashes and Painkillers, both of which are sweet tropical drinks as opposed to sour tiki drinks.
My bottle was created in Guyana and bottled in the BVI's. Since I love demerara rums from Guyana, this was a good sign before I even opened the bottle. It also has only 6 gpl of added sugar to keep it classified as dry, which is another good sign. My first whiff from opening the bottle was caramel. The wonderful aroma of mildly spiced caramel lingers in the snifter. Very complex flavors greet the palate since it is supposedly made from several different Caribbean rums. It is sweet without being overpowering, with oak flavors being very well hidden. The smooth taste goes down with no after burn.
Damn, I found another winner at only $26 per bottle and I don't even have to use it as a mixer. But when I do, I will not feel guilty about using it to make large batches of Goombay Smashes! And yes, it does indeed make a great Goombay Smash!
Strong, good colour, caramel taste with wood zest. Dry and not sweet. Not bad, but not my taste, knowing better ones...
Its a very good rum for under 30 bucks. Good aroma and perfect for most tiki drinks.u
I enjoyed this as part of painkiller at the Smugglers Cove in SFO. A very enjoyable drink.
Its too dark, too strong for me. Much better than most other navy rums (except Woods) but not my thing. I’ve spoken to many friends who were in the navy though and without exception they love this rum.
I might have a soft spot for my first 'good' rum - but I do think it deserves a place on most people's shelf. You can see from the range of scores and reviews that it splits opinion, but I think that is due to some people being stuck on specific styles and flavours. Pussers is not a sweet rum, and the extra strength does mean its a little stronger on the throat. Once past that, the aromas are complex and spices linger, making for a pleasant evening of sipping enjoyment. You can get there quicker if the bottle/glass has been breathing for a little while, but it's definitely a more difficult rum for some drinkers to enjoy.
For it's strength it doesn't burn as much as you might expect but it will never be considered smooth. Not for me and I don't so the need for a drink of this strength.
Leather, wood and ground tones in aroma.
Strong but ballanced taste. Shorter aftertaste with sweet tones.
Unfortunately not much else than burn. Even aftertaste is pretty boring.
I like the color, aroma, and taste of this rum. I use it to make Painkiller (a fantastic drink).
A real good navy rum. If it's the real replica of British Navy old rum ration, sailors were the luckiest ones around the globe. Perfect taste balance between molasses and spices.
Deep caramel, robust earthyness that I typically associate with Demeraras. Simple but quite pleasant.
Astringent but flavourful enough to work in cocktails (ex: Painkiller).
Bon rhum à découvrir, le gout est tres bon malgré son manque de finesse
The Pusser’s Painkiller is a wonderful thing, and this is perfect for its own recipe. Yeah, it can be sipped, but I find the flavor overpowered by the burn. Stick to sweet mixing for this one to allow that underlying flavor (which would otherwise be enjoyable) to come out.
Robe claire-foncé. Nez sur la banane. Côté caramel, cerise, sucre d'orge et torréfaction. Bonne amertume, sur l’alcool, avec un petit côté de gout de renfermé. Assez simple comme aromes.
What got me started on my rum journey was a recommendation for Pusser's 10 year old rum. I never found it before I started to try many others. Since the description of this rum is more historical than quality based I stayed away. I think Pusser's charges a premium for the name so I never bought it. Today a friend had some and I had a chance to try it. I only had one glass rather than a bottle, but I was surprised that it was quite pleasant. I only drink it on the rocks and I like the taste as well as the smoothness. I have to give it an 8 on first impression. I hope my next encounter is as good.
Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews