Pusser’s: Over 300 Years of Tradition
The sea and rum are synonymous, and no rum is more akin to the sea and the seaman than PUSSER’S. For more than 300 years, from before the days of Nelson, wooden ships and iron men, Great Britain’s Royal Navy issued a daily rum ration on board their Majesties’ ships. This tradition, one of the longest and unbroken in seafaring history, continued through all the years from 1655 to July 31st, 1970, on which day the Navy stopped their daily issue of rum.
Pusser’s Rum was never sold or offered to the public, and if a connoisseur was fortunate enough to obtain a ‘tot’ or two, he valued it for a very special occasion.
More like a brandy than a rum, its full rich flavor is unsurpassed by any other rum.
In 1979, Charles Tobias formed Pusser’s West Indies in the British Virgin Islands and undertook to resurrect the Pusser’s Rum tradition. The Admiralty Board of the Royal Navy gave him the blend for the rum, and shortly afterwards, Pusser’s Rum was being shipped commercially for the first time.
Pusser’s Rum is known as “the single malt of rum.” Unlike most rums, Pusser’s uses no flavoring agents. It is 100% natural. In 2001, Pusser’s was awarded the “Gold Medal – World’s Premier Dark Rum” at the International Wine & Spirits Festival. In 2003, Pusser’s Rum won a “Double Gold Medal” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal at the same festival in 2005. Forbes magazine recently named Pusser’s British Navy Rum one of the ten best rums in the world.
And the name PUSSER’S? Nothing more than a corruption of the word ‘Purser.’ On board ship, the ship’s stores were controlled by the Purser, and whatever came from the Purser was called “Pusser’s,” and still is today!