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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
Rich, warming, semi-sweet, balanced, for a good price, I love it. I am amazed how fast it always disappears, I have not even managed to try this one with coke yet. First glass from the bottle may be quite agressive in molasses, but it settles down to pleasant levels later on. The rum has a nice balance of demerara, molasses, oak and spices on the nose, which is quite intense and spicy, the body is so full and warming it makes me thinking of this rum on winter evenings. The mix of rums styles plays very well together and creates a complex taste, with a recognizable Jamaica and Guayana/Demerara roots, raisins, alspice and molasses. I have to go and enlist the navy. Excellent value for money. It is both an honestly crafted rum, and also its taste profile is also very likable and would satisfy all sorts of rum consumers, from the beginners who like it sweet, to the orthodox rum drinkers who like their rum rather dry.
On the nose very a strong, dried fruitiness, mainly raisins, with a clean alcohol punch. Once in your mouth, not nearly as harsh as it smells like it might be. While not my preference as a sipper, it's not bad for that. As a mixer it's clean and versatile. While not high on my list, I'd not hesitate to pick up more when I find it at a good price.
A smooth, richflavoured rum, with a firm, spicy nose. A great sipper, with a mild spicy burn, filled with oak, caramel, and some baking spices. Surely got some references to "the black tot, the last Consignment", but at a lot more affordable Price, making it hard to choose from 1 bottle black tot or 27 bottles of Pusser's! Or NOT! The Pusser's worth every penny and get an extra bottle in This rating for the affordable price.
Finally got around to reviewing this excellent, funky pot-still classic. The full-flavored Guyanese component makes this an especially delicious sipping rum, best served neat. Reminds me a lot of single-cask Demeraras, but less intense and much less hot. A very smooth and savory rum, on its own and in cocktails.
Perhaps I am just not a fan of Navy style rums, but I have tried this on more than one occasion and simply can't find many, if any redeeming qualities to it. Lots of folks seem to love it so to each his/her own.
Got the 40% version for around 20€ and a good value. Strong but not harsh, surprisingly cheap. Rum how it should be, in my opinion. Makes me want to try the 15yo version later, what is why I give onyl 9/10. The best I got in the 20€ area so far.
A piece of history that will always be in my collection.
Ester rich, pungent pot stilled perfection. Stewed fruits, brine and spice.
The bench mark for Navy rum.
I only left a star off because the overproof is really the authentic deal but it's the same rum just with less water added.
This rum saw the light of day when Pusser's looked over its range some years ago.
Before the Blue Label was available in a version with ABV 54.5%, which is the imaged bottle here.
This stronger rum was then renamed Gunpowder Proof and the new Blue Label gained a strength of 40%, or 42% in some markets.
The Gunpowder Proof and the new Blue Label was said to be the same blend, but in different ABV.
It has over time been found in various blends initially with rum from Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados. Then with rum from Guyana and Trinidad and finally nowadays it just contains rum from Guyana with distillate from the Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still among others. The latter one is the one I review here.
From aroma via mouth and palate to the rather long finish, it’s possible to recognize Demarera sugar, molasses, caramel, spices and fruits.
Overall it’s quite rich and full-bodied and a very good value for money which goes straight away to my shelf for good everyday rum.
Pictures: My opened bottle & My Pusser’s shelf.
I'll give it a 6 for a rum with no sugar added. Add 1 for the tradition. Add 0.5 for the sipping. Round up for an even 8 for a rum worthy of the rum shelf.
"Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews"
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