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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.
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.
And while it's mildly sweet I don't find much redeeming value in this. For the price you can get something far superior.
Il peut battre pavillon anglais avec fierté, il a toutes les caractéristiques d'un rhum british : puissant, extrêmement boisé, un nez un peu trop alcolié et un final âpre. Pas mon style mais je reconnais ses qualités. Mériterai de jouer un peu plus la profondeur mais retenu par son poids. Ronaldo (l'original) en fin de carrière.
Classic history aside, it’s a rock solid poor: Painkillers yes, but a solid mixer with most.
Yes it is Pusser's and enjoyed mixed or neat. Sits well with my naval heritage and background. Too bad we cannot pipe Up Spirits every day any more. Damn Politicians.
I find it very easy to drink. It reminds me of a chocolate sold in Australia that I have had, on and off for years - Old Jamaica - so sipping it brings back memories. One of my relatives used to drink it when they were in the merchant marine too, so when I saw it on the shelf I thought I'd give it a try. For me it has a fruity, maybe a little medicinal smell. It's not watery but a little liqueur like in consistency with warmth - very nice.
From the nose I thought I was in for an explosion as it had a strong spicy pungent scent. There was a definite spice hit in the first moment but it smooths out quickly to have a nice musty oak flavour with hints of.... Vanilla? Very mild but we'll balanced hints.
This is good stuff. sip or mix, whatever you want.
I like this rum I know a lot of people says it's not a sipper but this is the only way I drink is a sipper very good rum.
Probably a mixer but good. Has a hint of tea or some other British shit
Strong flavors may be overbearing for most, but it still delivers.
Nice smooth smell of ron, not only empty glass. Lightly sharp taste, Stronger Taste of ron,would say good for sailing. :-)
Based on reviews I had read (low level of added sugar post-distillation) I knew it was only a matter of time before I ended up buying a bottle of Pusser’s British Navy Rum and I am glad I did. This rum has distinct aromas and flavours with similarities to the Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 year Rum (which I didn’t really care for) but in a much better way. It is not a “great” sipper but it nevertheless is a nice change, profile wise and a welcome addition to my liquor cabinet.
Upon finishing my first bottle of Pusser’s Navy Rum I must admit that the flavours of this rum are growing on me and I will definitely keep a supply of this rum on hand.
Thanks to the drink plan on my cruise I was able to sample several rums, and this was one. I was able to finish it. It's OK, I guess as a mixer. I can't sip it. Give me plantation, of any age or Vizcaya.
A good rum to add spice to your cocktails, but nothing I would sip on its own.
Bought this based entirely on the idea of trying out the rum that is featured in so many Patrick O'Brian novels. Compared to a standard like Myers, its less sweet and less evidence of molasses, a greater sense of the alcohol content. Still new at the rum review game, but I sense that the navy like this the way college students like malt liquor.
Makes a good on the rocks drink with friends in the sun
You don't always get what you pay for either way but this is a £20 rhum. Its nice with a mixer but alone its a bit harsh on my palette and for me lacks those smoother qualities of a more refined rhum, probably good on someone else's but hey we are all different.
Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews