You can’t go anywhere in the British Virgin Islands without spotting Pussers British Navy Rum being sold behind every bar you step in to. So it would seem only right to spend the evening in one of Pusser’s official pubs when we landed in Road Town, British Virgin Islands.
Overlooking Baughers bay, this pub is in prime position for all cruise shippers and boaties docking in Road Town. But this pub is not just for visitors, (even though it looks like something made specifically for us) it is also a meeting place for Road Town locals later on in the evenings.
When you walk in, you feel like you are stepping into an old Victorian tavern – Disney land style. Complete with a deep mahogany infostructure, a cluttered assembly of navy portraits, bric-a-brac’s hanging from the ceiling and Pusser’s branded pewter mugs everywhere… this old English pub seems a little out of place here in Road Town, but the novelty was not lost on me.
Pusser’s Rum was first introduced to the Great Britain’s Royal Navy in 1655 as a substitute for beer. The Navy supplied its crew a daily “tot” of Pusser’s Rum for well over 300 years – and always double downed before battle and after victory! With such rich history, I was pretty excited to try Pusser’s Rum in all it’s cocktail based forms. So here is what I have to report:
- Pusser’s Rum Punch –A delightful blend of Pusser’s Rum, tropical juices, grenadine, Angostura Bitters and grated cinnamon.
This was the first Pusser’s cocktail I had in the BVI. Really nice and fruity but incredibly deceiving- you will get very drunk after just one. Sadly, I could not taste much of the rum itself in this cocktail- but I could feel it 😉 As a drink in itself, I would give this a 9/10. You really can’t go wrong with a rum punch in my eyes. 8/10
- Pusser’s Painkiller® – Pusser’s Rum with pineapple and orange juice, cream of coconut and fresh grated nutmeg on top.
The Pusser’s painkiller is a pretty iconic cocktail in the BVI. It is usually the first listed on the drinks menu and the first people recommend you try. So I did… and I didn’t like it. It tasted like a really strong Pina Colada on the rocks, and that just doesn’t do anything for me to be honest. I am not a fan of super creamy beverages, so it is not surprising I did not enjoy this cocktail. 1/10
- Caribbean Margarita– A classic cocktail with a Caribbean twist. Pusser’s Rum, Cherry Heering, Jose Cuervo Margarita, Mix 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Blended with ice or on the rocks.
I had a serious hankering for a Margarita the day I ordered this and was a little let down by what I got. Now I know Margarita’s are typically made with tequila and what I ordered was a rum based one so it was bound to taste different. But what I got looked nothing like the photo on the menu and what I got was not drinkable! Sadly I had to throw it away in the end. The weird thing is, I have no issues with anything that is stated to be in this cocktail. I am used to these ingredients and enjoy them in other cocktails. So sadly, I am blaming the Pusser’s Rum for this heinous crime against cocktails! 1/10
- Classic rum and coke– Pusser’s (Blue Label) Rum, Coca Cola and lime.
If all else fails, stick to what I know and love. A good old-fashioned rum’n’coke. To be honest, nothing was overly offensive about this. It just tasted like a rum and coke, with a little bit of a heat to it. All in all, it was pretty standard. 5/10
Honestly, I don’t think I will be running back to Pusser’s rum. I didn’t get much from it in smell or flavour. I would liken it to Bundaberg UP- without the afterburn. So if you are a fan of Bundy UP, you may very well enjoy this rum. Sadly, it just wasn’t for me… which is a shame as it was bloody everywhere!
“The only way to drink a tot [navy rum] is to swallow it whole, grimace, and sit down to appreciate the glow which spreads from the stomach and engenders that wonderful feeling of peace and bohomie”
– Nelson’s Blood by James Pack.
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