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Episode 86: Pusser's Rum
Episode 8614th January 2022 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 86 features Pusser's Rum, the official British Navy rum. The Blue Label used in the tasting for this episode is bottled in 750ml at 42% ABV, or 84 proof for the US market, and it retails for $27.

Enjoy this episode with a Pusser's Painkiller®.

Pusser's Rum official website: https://pussersrum.com/

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1655 - The British capture Jamaica from the Spanish
  • 1731 - British Naval regulations define a sailor's ration of rum to be 1/2 pint, twice a day
  • 1740 - Admiral Edward Vernon, "Old Grog", decrees that the ration should be diluted with water, becoming what's known as Grog
  • 1756 - Grog becomes the official way to serve the sailor's rum ration, referred to as a tot
  • 1824 - The tot is reduced to a quarter pint of rum
  • 1850 - the tot is reduced to an eighth of a pint of rum
  • 1970 - The British stop providing rum to sailors in what's known as Black Tot Day, July 31st
  • 1976 - Charles Tobias has his first drink of original naval rum and is gifted a demijohn of it
  • 1979 - Charles Tobias is gifted Pusser's Rum from the British Navy
  • 1980 - Pusser's Rum becomes commercially available
  • 1990 - Pusser's Rum is sold to Jim Beam
  • 2002 - Charles Tobias and Jim Jackson purchase Pusser's Rum back from Jim Beam
  • 2013 - Headquarters is moved to Charleston, South Carolina, USA
  • 2021 - Record breaking sales year for the brand

Key Cocktails:

Pusser's is one of a few brands with a trademark on their signature cocktail.

Painkiller®

2 oz. (60 ml) Pusser’s Rum

4 oz. (120 ml) pineapple juice

1 oz. (30 ml) orange juice

1 oz. (30 ml) cream of coconut

Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish.

Shake all ingredients with ice, pour into a big glass filled with ice, garnish and enjoy!

References:

History of The Pusser's Painkiller® and Pusser's Rum on YouTube

Interview with Charles Tobias

Cocktail Wonk Interview with Charles Tobias, Part One

Cocktail Wonk Interview with Charles Tobias, Part Two

The Rum Lab Interview with Pusser's CEO Gary Rogalski

Wikipedia Article on Pusser's Rum

YouTube Message from Charles Tobias

Difford's Guide Listing on Pusser's Rum

Book: A Rum Tale by Joseph Piercy Page

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