There’s a number of British based rums claiming heritage to the historical ‘
sailors tot’ that was given daily to members of Britain’s Royal Navy.
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Pusser’s Rum is one of them.
Using Jamaican Rum – a former British colony – is generally a given in these offerings which are usually a blend of Caribbean rums interpreting the original ‘tot’.
Pusser’s however stresses the use of pot still rum from Guyana blended with marks from Trinidad & Barbados to create their ‘Admiralty Rum’.
A very dark nose of rich molasses & treacly funk greeted me.
Smooth & sweet on the palate with dark muscovado sugars dominating.
A prickliness on the finish exhibiting a slight funk & departing with a drying experience.
Ship Inn, Elie c/oTheWhiskeyNut
Pusser’s made a suitable tipple to celebrate completing another section of the Fife Coastal Path in the nautically themed
Ship Inn by the Firth Of Forth in Elie.
Nestled a stones throw from the picturesque harbour of Donaghadee sits
Pretty Harbour, Pretty Distillery!
Part of a growing resurgence in spirits distilling popping up all over Ireland, Copeland don’t restrict themselves to whiskey – exploration of gin & rum is also ongoing.
Using rum from Barbados along with some distilled in Donaghadee itself – Copeland have released this very attractively presented Overproof Rum.
Now Barbadian Rums tend to display a rather sweet tooth on my palate – but I did notice the long fermentation time used. This generally boosts the richness of the flavours.
I was also intrigued by the French Pinot Noir barrel ageing – along with the Overproof strength!
Despite not being able to purchase at the actual distillery when I visited – a local off-licence satisfied my curiosity.
There is a sweetness to the nose – but it’s augmented by a richness of depth & a welcoming hint of soft fruity funk.
Initially smooth & mouth coating – the intensity of the high ABV gradually kicks in with a melange of prickly heat & bold flavours in an entertaining explosion!
The rich dark juicy fruitiness is complemented by a dry oaky spice – all pleasingly topped off by a decent & well balanced frisson of funk!
Powerful & bold – yet packed full of flavour – Copeland Overproof Rum is certainly worth exploring!
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My ancestors made their living from the sea – so a bottle of rum displaying a fishing vessel automatically connects with me.
Rum Ahoy! c/othewhiskeynut
Readily available in Scotland, Watson’s Trawler Rum follows a long tradition of dark rums & hails from independent bottlers Ian MacLeod
It’s a no nonesense affordable rum presented in a screw cap bottle displaying an old fashioned aura – which immediately caught my eye.
Sweet & rubbery nose – inkeeping with the origin countries signature flavours.
Dark molasses, treacle cake like with a touch of oaky spice on top.
More treacly spice on the finish which gently fades away.
Trawler in a Túath c/othewhiskeynut
A very easy & approachable rum pleasing to my palate, my purse & providing a characterful flair to boot.
A suitable offering to toast all the seafarers of the past & present who put their life’s at peril to provide food for our plates & transport the goods we desire
Nearing the end of my lockdown miniature selection are these 2 rums.
Alnwick Rum c/othewhiskeynut
The Legendary Alnwick Rum immediately brought back memories of my days at sea aboard the MV Alnwick Castle bulk carrier whose parent company hailed from the same area this Dark Rum emanates from.
Deep reddish brown in colour, heavy molasses on the nose. Good solid mouth feel – oily & viscous – with a lovely flourish of spice on the rear.
A very decent dark rum.
Duppy Share c/othewhiskeynut
The Duppy Share also took me back to my days in London where the vibrant & colourful Carribean culture enlivened the otherwise grey streetscape.
Light straw in colour, a clean & clear funk on the nose. More fruity on the palate, a mellow funk fusing with a sprinkling of spice & sweet caramels to round up this very easy & approachable golden rum.
‘Duppy’ has a number of meanings – one being a playful spirit – & this rum toys with that association.
A lovely little duo to appreciate the diversity of styles & influences within the growing rum category.