What makes Pusser's Navy Rum different?
"Navy Rum" is not just a name for dark
rum. Originally it was the name of a specific type of rum distilled for
Admiralty in wooden pot stills in lieu of the normal metal ones. The
distillation of rum in wood imparts a truly unique flavor that can only
described as "full and rich," making most others bland by comparison.
This flavor is unique to the wooden process, and cannot be duplicated
other type of distillation; interestingly Pusser’s is still distilled in
same original Admiralty stills. Rum that is not distilled in wood cannot
the unique flavor of a real Navy Rum. While others may have designated
product to be a navy rum by the mere inclusion of the phrase 'Navy Rum'
their label, they can never be a Navy Rum any more than a Rolls Royce
placed on a Ford doesn't make a Ford a Rolls Royce. A real navy rum has
distilled in wood.
In the world of spirits production, there are only two
pot stills remaining in the world. Like single malt whiskeys whose
rich flavors are the product of pot stills (and not the modern
still), Pusser's continues to be distilled in the same wooden stills as
for more than for more than 200 years! These are the original stills
produced the Royal Navy's "Pusser's Rum". They are the bedrock of
Navy Rum, the vital part of the distillation process that makes a true
like Pusser's so distinctive in its taste and so different from other
golden rums that are distilled in ordinary metal stills. Most all rums
are distilled in modern continuous stills that came on line at the turn
The wooden staves of these two old, stills are impregnated with 200
years of esters
and congeners - the organic compounds found naturally in wine and
impart flavor to them. No other stills in the world can reproduce these
because all modern stills are made from metal which absorb nothing, and
have nothing to impart in the way of flavor to a spirit during the
process. In contrast, wood soaks up the flavor of whatever it contains.
case of the wooden stills, continuous usage over hundreds of years has
wood of these stills extraordinarily flavorful.
distillation, all rums are aged for some time in wood because aging in
imparts smoothness and flavor. But unlike other rums which are bland out
still, Pusser's begins its aging process with a rich flavor already in
from the distillation process, one that would not be possible without
wooden distillation. Thus when the aging process is completed, the full
of Pusser's surpasses by far that of any other rum because the wooden
distillation provides an extraordinary head start over anything
the rich flavor of Pusser's Rum is natural, most other major rum brands
flavoring agents and sugar to make their products smoother and to give
body. By contrast, Pusser's uses no flavoring agents or sugar. It is all
photos show the stills from one side. Charles Tobias,
Pusser's Chairman, notes that the flavor of Pusser's cannot be
because so much of its unique bouquet emanates from the wood of these
stills. There's no way to produce this flavor in metal because metal
nothing and therefore has nothing to impart to the distillate. Like
whiskeys that are also pot stilled, Pusser's is more costly to produce.
because the stills are old and of wood; they are very inefficient.
is still distilled in the same original wooden pot stills that were used
distill the Admiralty’s rum. Most other rums today are distilled in
continuous stills that are very efficient when compared to wooden
that, to the contrary, is very inefficient and therefore significantly
costly. But nothing can touch the flavour that wood imparts to rum that
distilled this way. If we didn't do it like this, it wouldn't be a Navy
wouldn't taste the same, and it wouldn't be Pusser's Rum.
for a test of the rich flavor of Pusser's vs. others: try pouring a
one ounce of Pusser's Rum into a glass filled with ice and a measured
of Coca Cola. Then do the same with any other rum, and taste the
is immediate. You will find that PUSSER'S is the only one whose full
punches through the mix. The others, including the Mt.
Gay, Appletons, Myers, the Bacardi's and so forth,
for the most part will have their taste buried in the Coke. Most will
sweeten the drink because of the extra sugar that will have been added
achieve smoothness. By comparison, Pusser's is all natural. No sugar or
agents have been added. It is still the same Admiralty rum, the original
Rum, as it has been for more than 300 years.