Pussers Rum Lord Nelson Ships Decanter Ceramic 47.75% 1 Litre Bottle

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Pussers Rum Lord Nelson Ships Decanter containing 1 litre of Pusser’s Rum bottled 47.75% ABV. A ceramic decanter with a ceramic / cork  stopper.

Pusser’s Rum is produced on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and is named after the Royal Naval Slang for a purser, a ship’s supply officer. For more than 300 years sailors of the Royal Navy were issued a daily rum ration or “tot”, a highly welcome daily comfort when one was away from home for many months. The Rum Ration was abolished on the 31st July 1970 (“The Black Day”) and Pusser’s Rum quietly lay dormant until 1979 when Charles Tobias, entrepreneur, sought to resurrect the Pusser’s Rum tradition. Tobias managed to obtain the rights and the blending information from the Admiralty, set up Pusser’s Rum Ltd on Tortola and, in 1980, began selling Pusser’s Rum to the public for the first time (previously it was Royal Navy only). British Navy Pusser’s Rum is the same Admiralty blend of five West Indian rums as issued on board British warships, and it is with the Admiralty’ blessing and approval that Pusser’s is now available to the consumer. In return The Royal Navy Sailor’s Fund, a naval charity more commonly called the “Tot Fund” receives a substantial donation from the sale of each bottle of British Navy Pusser’s Rum.

The Pussers Rum Lord Nelson Ships Decanter  replicates a classic wide-bottomed shape favoured for ships. Ships decanters had their beginnings in the early naval sailing ships of the Royal Navy, and it would have been an exception to have found a captain’s cabin without one- from the smallest to the largest vessel. The general shape began to develop sometime in the second half of the 18th century, and nothing much is heard of them until a well-known British Admiral by the name of Rodney introduced one at a victory celebration on board his flagship following the famous Moonlight Battle and the Battle of the Saints in 1780 and 1782. His decanters had an especially broad base, some of them up to 12-inches in diameter, to ensure stability when used at sea in wardrooms or officers’ cabins. It’s said that the true test of a ship’s decanter is when the shortest distance from the outer edge of the pouring lip to the edge of the base be equal to or greater than the outer circumference of the pouring lip. This was the “Rodney” test. The decanter features The Royal Naval Toasts, the flag signal “England expects that every man will do his duty” that Nelson sent prior to Trafalgar, as well as other various inscriptions.

Pusser’s Rum is also available in bottles as the Blue Label, Gunpowder Proof, Spiced and 15 Year Old.


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