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Pusser’s British Navy Rum 15-Year is a blend of five rums from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados which are produced in mainly wooden pot stills. The blend is aged for 15 years.
The company derives its name from the British Navy 'Purser' who distributed a daily 'tot' of rum ration to each sailor - a tradition which lasted from 1655 until 1970. In 1979 Charles Tobias obtained the rights to blend the original recipe of the British Navy Rum.
Pusser's British Navy Rum is casually known as “Nelson’s Blood” as a nod to the famous death of Admiral Nelson. After being mortally wounded in a naval battle in 1805, Nelson’s body was preserved in a barrel of rum.
Recommendable to most
At first I was surprise by kinda strong woody tones (unique taste for sure). But my journey ended with a happy end. I like trying a different feel but it didn’t end with the happy end in this case.
(I adjusted this down from my my initial 10 ratng when I found out it has a lot of added sugar)
One of the very few rums I like better than the regular Pusser's blue label. Really personifies what a great aged rum should be - chest-warming and robust, woody, complex. I just opened my bottle and it will probably take a while to plumb its depths.
Anyone (Verner catsey) who rates this a 5, while giving 10's to Malibu coconut and Captain Morgan Private Stock really shouldn't be rating rums. Maybe there are sites for rating sodas or something.
A must have. An aged and mellowed version of the blue, slightly sweeter and more noticeable vanilla due to the mellowing of the rum in oak. This is rum at it's best made by non greedy craftsmen.
Nose: Lots of oak, planks and cut wood, that sort of thing. Baking spices (cinnamon, clove, brown sugar), vanilla, a little bit of liquorice and some tropical fruit, maybe dried mangos.
Palate: Dry at first, sappy with a medium to heavy mouth-feel. A touch of coffee and slight bitterness, a little tingle of black pepper. Not what I was expecting from rum at all.
Finish: Medium to long, but I get the feeling that it’s hanging around because the sugar has coated my mouth. Too syrupy as it moved from palate to finish, the interesting bitterness goes and there is a flatness that is brought on by the sugar. The final and lingering taste is strongly of over ripe bananas. I like bananas.
I have not had the basic Pusser's rum (blue label) even though just about every liquor store in town carries it. I will get around to it eventually. However one of the stores carried the 15-year rum and I decided to get a bottle to try. The first thing I noticed was the incredibly wonderful aroma in the bottle. A full rich aroma hinting at things to come. Tasting it was indeed a treat. At first I tasted some sweetness with a little vanilla but then I got a woodiness to it followed by a little bitterness. It seems to have a little oiliness to it which coats the tongue more. A rather smooth rum equally workable as a sipping rum and as a mixer. Definitely one to try. For whatever it's worth, I do like the heraldic label.
Upon my first snifter of this highly rated rum, I was sorely disappointed for doling out $45. Those first few neat sips were like a punch in the face from the raw alcohol taste. I first rated it as a 5 and compared it to an enticing young lady who suckers gullible guys in and then grabs them by the throat and takes all of their money. I shoved that bottle to the back of my cabinet for a few days.
Then being snowed in and running out of rums to try from my cabinet, I gave this one another chance. Now I knew that one needs to let their rum breathe before sipping, but I have never had one breathe within it's bottle after only a few sips. Talk about night and day and it's character really showed it's colors! Oh my God! The aroma (I hate the term "nose") opens up like a sweet smelling tropical bouquet! The closest I would compare the taste would be Mount Gay XO with a lot more subtle flavors and smoothness, so this Pusser's gets an upgrade to a 9 rating. It just keeps getting better each day!
Yes, it has added sugars, which most rum distillers use these days, but they can't seem to win unanimous approval from fellow rum drinkers. If one wants no added sugars, then go with Don Q Gran Anejo or Flor de Cana 18, but try not to to complain about boring taste. I personally don't like rums without added sugars and have stated so in those reviews. Most of the rest of the fine rums will plead guilty to adding sugars. Hey, after spending 12 years or more in wooden barrels and losing a lot of volume to the angel's share, the distiller has to do something to make the results readily marketable, and I would compare this skill with the best of chefs who know exactly how to season their dishes. That in itself is a fine art!
Update May 3, 2018: This one has not withstood the test of time, so it gets docked one point. Not bad, but not great after sitting half full in the bottle for a few months.
Update June 23, 2019: I finally found another bottle, which is rare in these parts. This highly sweetened rum is one sure way to ruin a perfectly good Central American Arabica coffee. And due to the amount of added sugar, so much as one glass of this will have your ass married to the royal porcelain throne the next morning with diarrhea. You have been warned!!! I have lowered my rating for this reason.
Sugar: 27 gpl. No wonder the British navy was a force to be reckoned with all hands getting a cup of this powerful and heady rum every day. This rum has a great aroma to it. I would title it Museum rum as it has the heady smell of old wood, smoke, and leather in the glass along with burnt sugar. It's a sweet rum with the usual vanilla and some cinnamon and the prevailing oak taste from 15 years in the barrel. Sweet and smooth on your tongue and then it punches your palate and just sits there and burns for quite some time. No bitterness or harshness, just heat and flavour. It's classic old time rum at it's best and this is a must have rum in any collection.
Smells of vegetal sugarcane, molasses, oak, and bourbon; the taste adds some spiciness. A little too much bourbon for my liking; I'm more of a rum fan.
Finally bought this one, had a soapy like flash of flavor at first. Now the bottle has had a gasp of air, the flavors are woody, warm, and deep. This has a uniqueness like the Zafra, a bold but developed journey of flavor!!!
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