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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.
(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.
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.
This tastes like a 100$ rum. In my opinion. It is very good and one of my favourites.
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.
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!!!
Never heard about this rum and it's a very good surprise, a mix of strong and sweetness with a long finish.
A must have !
Well! A friend of mine brought a bottle of this (wonderful) rum over to my house, and proceeded to give me yet another addiction to outstanding rums. With the first taste, I found it wasn't as sweet as the Barbados rums, but it had MUCH more character! The flavors(as I understand it) come from the distilling method using a wood pot still, rather than a more modern copper or stainless pot. Whatever, the reason, this is a Must Have in your rum collection-
Up there with the 1703 in the fact that i would give this a 10 if i hadn't tried the Appleton 50yr. As well as being aged in wood for 15 years, Pusser's are one of only 3 rum producers left that distil the spirit in wooden stills. Much smoother than the original Pusser's with dark demerara and deep spice at first with a rich, raisiny, oaky long, long finish. One of the best rums ive tried, Definitely in my top 5 so far!
Over 500 aged rums enjoyed over the past 15 years and Pusser's 15 year old rum is still strong on my Top 10 list. Very smooth aged rum, plenty going on flavorwise, no burn at all at the end, and the most surprising thing is the strong tobacco smell in your mouth lingering for a bit at the end. So different than all the rest and that is the reason why I like it so much.
Here's my top 20 list:
1. Legendario 15y
2. Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary
3. Ron Esclavo XO
4. Millonario XO and 15y
5. El Dorado 25y
6. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva / SVG / Ambassador
7. Presidente Marti 23y and 19y
8. Pusser's 15y
9. Cubaney 18y
10. Black Tot
11. El Pasador de Oro XO and Gran Reserva
12. Edmundo Dantes 15y
13. Pampero Aniversario
14. Bacoo 12y
15. Ron Esclavo 15y and 12y
16. Punta Cana XOX
17. Exquisito 1985
18. Cubaney 15y
19. Punta Cana 15y Tesoro
20. Unhiq XO
Mouth: Dried fruit, dates, tobacco, and a little caramel. A little spicy but not harsh. The warmth lingers for awhile and allows the caramel notes to resurface later.
Nose: blackstrap molasses.
I would call it a "must", if you're starting to assemble a good rum shelf.
It is what a good navy rum should be... woody tones, a little bitter, smoky aroma but smooth and pleasant in the mouth. I doubt the sailors ever accessed such an aged and fine rum, but I could imagine sailing with a bottle of this one :)
Great for rum tasting, to provide a different feel amongst the other rums...
Took me some time to find a bottle in town but well worth the wait. Very smooth and "clean". I like the blue label but the red label is a grown up version. Lost is the sharp, punch in the face from other Navy rums, replaced with a satisfying drink. Well done sir, well done.
Excellent rum to say the least. From the nose you get the slap upside the face that it is Pusser's. But this stuff is off the hook for a smooth rum from start to finish. Starts of on the nose with hints of dried fruits, very slightly sweet, finish is of leather tobacco and a hint of vanilla. Great mouth feel and just the right amount of esters. Recommend a cube of ice, let her sit a few and partake. Good stuff! And of course an original tasting rum that only tastes like Pusser's. Update.... Just bought another bottle and............... Yip it gets better by the minute.
I rated this higher than most reviewers because of the unique quality of this rum that I think works for those that are looking for a great rum that is a bit different. You can taste and smell more of the barrel than with other rums and it gives this brand a woody but also rich - but not harsh - profile. If you are looking for something sightly different with a rich taste, I would highly recommend this.
The first thing you notice when you pop the cork is the smell. Rich and spicy and with a promice of somthing streng. The taste is rich and strong with a hint of sweetness. It explodes in the mouth with a little burn.
I see all nice comments around this one. I was because of that probably expecting more out of the product. I prefer a little bit less oaky whiskey taste . But I can understand the ones liking it.
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.
'The single malt of rum". Lives up to the hype. If you like a good woody whisky, you'll love this.
Leaves a nice peppery molasses tasye in the back of the throat.
When I first smelled this rum I was worried that I would not like the taste. It smells acrid and bitter and almost sappy. I also smell brown sugar as well.
I was surprised by the amazing taste of spice and brown sugar; very smooth.
It does have a woody taste but it is not strong and is balanced with the other flavours
It reminded me of some of the EL Dorado rums I like so much.
I would recommend this to anyone
I'm in complete harmony with the analysis of Da'rum from Germany: This rum is sweet with a strong touch of vanilla and a very long woody finish.
I presume that the woody fnish is the reason why some people do not like this rum, mainly people enjoying sweet rums. I must admit that I've hesitated between 8 and 9 ... Compared to its equivalent 15 years El Dorado Special Reserve for example, I find this rum a bit less complex and fruity.
My ideal rating would have been an 8.5 because it is superior to the Clement Vieux 6 yo agricole rum (rated 8) with which I discovered the world of aged rums.
I completely agree with the advice of Scott T considering the rating of Verner Canatsey: This should never have been so much underrated. My biigest disappointment with an extra old rum was about the Diplomatico Reserva rum (6 yo, rated 6) which is definitely very dry, slightly astringent, very tannic with notes of spices, predominantly pepper ... Verner, never try this one ^^!
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 Kirk & Sweeney 12 with a few more subtle flavors, so this Pusser's also gets a fellow upgrade to a 7 rating.
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 Santa Teresa 1796, but try not to to complain about boring tastes. I personally don't like those 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!
This is to date the best rum I’ve ever tasted. It is smooth yet stout. I recommend drinking this neat with a spoonful of water. The nose is delightful with hints of sweetness. The mouth is truly memorable and the finish is clean and smooth like a fine wine. The only negative and it’s not too bad is a wee bit sweet and sugary but then again it is rum. I would drink this straight and not lessen its greatness with a mixer. Absolutely the best rum for the price