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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.
Not bad or great. Strong flavor. Reminds me a little of appleton estate reserve but not quite as good.
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.
No specific distinctive characteristics other than being a regular rum. Tastes a bit oaky no spice no sugary taste either. It is ok to sip and good to mix.
I have seen this at the store for years and I finally tried it. It was better than expected and rated a 5.5 on my scale. Certainly better mixed than over ice.
...smell let's me almost vomit...even after time it does not change.
The taste is a bit better...not a sipper though...for mixing probadly better...even though for the price you get a lot better...
The history behind is nice and interesting...that is why I did not rate it a 4.
This rum has that west indies funky taste in spades, I only wish I had tried it sooner!! I will definitely be keeping this one on hand permanently. I will definitely be trying the aged and the overproof as well. Has a similar funk as the Jamaican rums from Hampden like Smith and Cross etc.
While on vacation in the BVI we landed at Pussers bar in Roadtown, BVI. My first painkiller went down sooo smoove that we had another & another..... We purchased a bottle and back on board we put some rocks in a glass and never looked back. Since then I've been stepping my rum game up. One thing I noticed about this rum is that the country of origin keeps changing on the label. After some investigating it seems they keep moving around in order to keep up with demand. Claiming it's still the same recipe and goes through rigorous inspections. I'm not so sure? My favorite has been from Guyana but lately it seems to all come from Barbados or Trinidad. When you buy a bottle check the label to see where its made. The others are still good but I believe there is a difference. Thanks to Pussers I havent had whiskey in years. It's rum from here on. Bravo Pussers!!! Try the 15yr old ( gives Cognac & Scotch a BIG run for their $$$) . Thats my new favorite but we always wind up with a bottle of the blue label on board at the ready. A great go to rum & the best mixer on the rum planet.
I've been side by side comparing this with other rums. Wow!!! There definitely is a difference. This rum/rhum speaks pure whether rum or rhum! There is a significant difference when the H is added and this one puts that difference aside and lets you know they both are the same when they are true. It seems to be so on target with what rum/rhum is
really suppose to be but that's only the Guyana produced one. Altough Trini & Barbados still make the cut. Buyer Beware! Also, if your looking for that spice and this fruit flavor stick with cordials cause this stuff is the real deal. Plain and simple like it should be, a sugar cane product. One good question, Why cork a bottle at this price? Answer, Cause it deserves it, period!
Tried straight, and found it akin to black pepper and raisin, and would situate it somewhere between coarse and smooth. I prefer a little more caramel sweetness to this style rum, but certainly makes for an interesting drink. Wouldn't say no to this in future, and I'm sure those looking for a more savoury flavour rum will enjoy this one too. Lots of flavour, and generally enjoyable, however, I get the feeling the original (gunpowder proof) would be better.
I drink this one mixed with coke or in my Three Dots and a Dash tiki drink.
I never knew how good this Rum was until I began to taste the many inferior Rums that are available. This Rum is quite good neat with a splash of water . I enjoy this “classic Rum now more than I once did. The nose is subtle and I can note sugar, cinnamon and brown sugar. Taste is quite satisfying as it has a distinct rum flavor that is not overpowering. Finish is smooth with a late bite that disappears quickly. Again, this is a neat sipper which I wouldn’t waste on a mixer. I do like this Rum as an everyday spirit. It is a good rum for the price and better than most expensive rums.
Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews