Update 2020: this is the old bottling of Pusser’s 15 year old and the first review I did back in 2016. Things have moved on since then and Pusser’s have re-branded and re-released the 15 year old.
What is it? A blend or rums from Guyana and Trinidad that is aged for at least 15 years. Quite heavy use of the wooden pot stills from Guyana. Molasses based.
40% abv. Filtered. Coloured.
Sugar? Yep. Added – on-line sugar tests so between 25 and 30 grams per litre. No other flavourings are added.
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 mouthfeel. 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.
Thoughts? It’s a nice rum. As one to start with coming from whisky the oak and bitterness breaks me in a bit, but it’s too sweet. If they had toned the sugar down a bit it would have been a lot better, but it’s 15 years old and a good price (£40), so I can’t complain too much.
How do you find it compares to the regular Pusser’s?
They’re not really all that comparable, the 15yo is much more highly sugared than the Blue label. Personally I like them both but could really chose one over the other in terms of product line as it all depends on your tolerance to sugar and whether you want a good young rum or something with more complexity.