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Pusser’s Rum, Blue Bottle, 40%, Guyana, Trinidad & Barbados

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.

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Four Bells Navy Rum, 40%, in The Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy

After getting off the train from a highly enjoyable session at the Fife Whisky Festival 2022 I thought a night-cap in my hotel bar would be in order.

Having spotted an unknown bottle of rum behind the Windsor Bar when booking in earlier – my curiosity was piqued.

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Turned out to be Four Bells Navy Rum.

A tot was ordered amid the sounds of a loud karaoke & merry youngsters downing globes of vividly coloured cocktails.

Four Bells had a soft hint of burnt rubber off the nose.

A rather weak & watery palate – compared to all the wonderful drinks I’d just experienced at the show.

A touch of spice on the rear enlivened this otherwise rather flatly flavoured rum.

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Easy drinking indeed – but lacking flair.

Information on Four Bells could only be collated from a number of websites.

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It appears to be/was a Whyte & Mackay brand distilled in Guyana, offered at 40%, 42.9% or 100 Proof, has had several bottle designs & brand owners over the years & seems to be fondly remembered by fans.

I’m assuming I enjoyed the 40% version & despite the lack of punch – Four Bells is just the kind of hidden spirit I enjoy encountering when visiting a bar.

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Header image of The Windsor Bar courtesy Booking.com

Watson’s Trawler Rum, 40%, Barbados & Guyana.

My ancestors made their living from the sea – so a bottle of rum displaying a fishing vessel automatically connects with me.

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Readily available in Scotland, Watson’s Trawler Rum follows a long tradition of dark rums & hails from independent bottlers Ian MacLeod Distillers.

It’s a no nonesense affordable rum presented in a screw cap bottle displaying an old fashioned aura – which immediately caught my eye.

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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

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Quinn’s Old Sailor Rum, 37.5%, Guyana

I couldn’t leave Cushendun without calling in on Randal’s Bar.

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Character driven underestimates the experience.

It’s almost like entering a time capsule – which is to my advantage – as an unusual bottle caught my eye.

Quinn’s Old Sailor Rum c/othewhiskeynut

Offered no explanation of where or when the rum had been acquired – other than a customer used to enjoy it with milk? – I duly ordered a tot.

A lovely sweet & heavy treacly aroma greeted me – which was very reassuring – as I had misgivings it wouldn’t have aged well.

The palate was soft, smooth & silky mouth coating.

Very nice!

The treacly body gave way to hints of spice & suggestions of oak aging.

A suitably seafaring spirit to round up my Northern excursion.

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Quinn’s of Cookstown (1964) Ltd were bought up by Britvic in 2011.

Does anyone have memories of this rum?

The Legendary Alnwick Rum, 43% vs The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum, 40%

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.

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Bristol Spirits, Rare Old Rum Virtual Tasting, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

If there’s one thing this fabulous rum tasting confirmed to me – it’s the kind of rum I’m after.

Laid out before us were 5 excellent rums from independent bottlers Bristol Spirits,

Haiti Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Haiti 2004, 43%,

Nicaragua Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Nicaragua 1999, 43%,

Guyana Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Diamond Distillery, Guyana 2003, 43%,

Heytesbury Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Heytesbury Demerara, 46% &

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Bristol Caroni VSOC, 10 Year Old, 40%.

Bristol’s managing director John Barrett eloquently led us through the tasting regaling us with tales of his years in the rum trade.

Such a congenial host!

But something struck me during the event – it was an exploration of wood maturation!

The length of time spent in the barrel, the type of wood used & even where the casks are stored all make a difference – and the results before us could be enjoyably discerned.

But my attraction to rum is more about the influence of distillation on the ingredients used – sugarcane juice or molasses.

So my pick of the day was Haiti 2004.

To begin with it uses sugarcane juice – which offers a far more pungent & vegetal experience.

It’s also been aged in well used ex- bourbon casks – so the wood influence was minimal.

Essentially what I’m after in a rum is something different to whiskey & the Haiti 2004 provided that.

Barley may need years in wood to shine, but sugarcane positively sparkles in it’s unaged form.

I think tonight’s tasting just confirmed that for me.

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All bottle images courtesy Celtic Whiskey Shop – where the rums are available.

A Trio Of Rums, Dictador XO Insolent, El Dorado 12, Abuelo 12, 40%

Well travel may be curtailed with COVID – but that doesn’t stop me from sampling the delights of Colombia, Guyana & Panama with these 3 rum miniatures!

Dictador c/othewhiskeynut

Dictador XO Insolent, 40%, Colombia

The bottle is certainly attractive!

Very sweet fruit cake on the nose. Bit empty on the palate. Sweet but ultimately bland on the finish.

The nose promised much more – but sadly didn’t deliver for me.

El Dorado c/othewhiskeynut

El Dorado 12 Year Old, 40%, Guyana

What a contrast – nuttiness on the nose!

A gentle sweet & smooth palate that came to life on the finish. More of that nuttiness, touch of spicy tannic oak, good depth & flavour with a nice tingling dryness too.

Much more my style!

Abuelo c/othewhiskeynut

Ron Abuelo 12 Year Old, 40%, Panama

Sweet dark fruits on the nose.

Again – this rum came alive on the finish. A bit more bite from this one, the nuttiness more subdued, more whiskey like in the drinking experience.

A lovely sipper!

A trio of rums! c/othewhiskeynut

Thoughts

Sad to say Dictador fell flat for me – more style over substance with the fancy bottle.

Both El Dorado & Abuelo impressed.

El Dorado won out by displaying more rum like characteristics.

A very enjoyable miniature tasting!

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OVD Rum, 40%

In almost every bar, hotel, licenced restaraunt & off-license I went to in Scotland last summer OVD Rum was there.

It’s as ubiquitous as Haggis or Irn-Bru.

First blended & bottled in Dundee back in 1838 using rum distilled in Guyana – OVD stands for Old Vatted Demerara.

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Demerara Rum is a style displaying sweet & funky qualities – not too heavy nor too light – generally classified as a dark rum.

Interestingly wooden pot stills are used to this day in Guyana to distill rum – creating a link to the past in the present day.

I ordered a glass.

Dark rum indeed!

Definitely sweet – too caramelly sweet for my liking – but with an underlying soft funkiness.

The palate started off silky smooth.

Only on the back end did an earthy, vegetal funkiness peck through the overpowering caramel to give a bit of character & complexity.

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An easy drinking accessible sweet rum which obviously has the Scottish market covered.

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