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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.
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.
I compare all the rums I drink against Pusser's. I love this rum and it hosts so many memories. Cheers!
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.
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.
Pusser's is known for its history with the British Navy. As a rum, its good for mixing and those nights when you want to drink something a bit mild but enjoyable. Doesn't put you at a full run, but the sheets are up and your moving.
The story behind it is great and to be honest I think I bought it for the romance involved around the rum rations. I wouldn't buy again, for this price there are many better options. It's a strong brew which will evoke the navy well, I wouldn't sip though.
Not very sweet but it doesn't bother you after 1 sip, great for cocktails as it's strong even in this non-overproof version. It's not a rum I will have 1 glass and be overwhelmed by the flavor. It's rather that I take 1 and want a second to fully taste everything there. It's dry but it does not have that bothering taste of alcohol
This rum is deep, complex, powerful, and surprisingly good. Heady, oaky pot-still aromas fill your nostrils. There is the harshness of youth without any alcohol smell. The mouth is prickly, oaky, with some caramel, but is delightfully dry. Somewhat reminiscent of Havana Club Selección. The finish is short.
This rum is a delight—great in cocktails, fantastic neat. And a great deal! Too bad they sugar the gunpowder and 15-year version :(
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.
At our last Naval reunion this was used at TOT time for our ration. It was just like the rum we were once issued and is definately not a sipping rum. It must be mixed as regulations demanded. I find the price is too high for the rating.
When the Navy went out shopping for rum for the sailors they found the cheapest rot gut they could buy and this follows in that tradition.
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.
After getting this bottle as a gift I was glad that I didn't spend the $80 on it. We Canadians get hosed with taxes)-; Thats not to put it down because I really like it, but only save it for the odd occasion when I can tell my favorite person how much I love her. The woody flavours soaked into this one well. Sweet with a short warm finish...Definitely a sipper for me
the heat warms your very soul, the dry sharpness bites the back of your throat as a tear comes to your eye. God save the Queen!
Nice aver color. Nose with hints of dried fruit candy and dates. Medium legs on glass. Mild sweet fruity flavor with minimal afterburn. The finish is somewhat short. I was not expecting greatness but it turns out this is a very pleasant good sipping rum.
Pussers is an original rum. I like to mix with coke a cola our make the famous pain killer with it.
Vild rom, med en stor smag med høje procenter.
Har rigtig meget glæde af at stå 30min. inden man hopper ombord i den. Overraskede mig positivt, da Jeg endelig fik den i havn.
One of my absolute favorites. Interesting mingling of wood, brown sugar, funk, and a finish that goes on forever.
Wouldn’t bother with this as a sipper. A high quality mixer.
Wonderful mixer and not bad on the rocks. Unfortunately, a bit pricey.
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...
Chris Hall via Rum & Reviews