Ever since I have moved out of the City and into Stockport I’ve been on the hunt for exciting events in the area. We are really lacking and I’ve struggled to find much out there at all. I then spotted a rum tasting with Pussers rum at Time and Place in Heaton Moor so I popped along to see what they and Pussers were about.
Time and Place is on Shaw Road in Heaton Moor nestled amongst the growing development of restaurants and bars that are popping up in the village. This makes me extra happy being a Stockport resident as there is finally somewhere outside of the City where I can go for a decent cocktail! They also do breakfast every day and a pretty looking evening menu that, at some point, I really need to go in and try. The owners have grand plans for this place which started with the rum tasting which, considering it was early in the week, had a great turn out of excited guests.
Things started off rather nicely as we were greeted with a rum punch and told that we could keep the mug at the end. I like presents the most so this made me especially happy. The punch was wonderfully fruity with the rum kick I needed on a cold and wet day.
As with most tastings we were introduced to the creation of rum, how it is made, how Pussers is made and then a tasting of the range. I won’t bore you with all the details because, I’m pretty sure I have told you before and you wouldn’t want to know everything when you book on the next one.
The 15 Year Old was actually one of my favourites, a fact which some of my friends will be shocked by. Lots of demerara on the nose with Christmas cake notes on the palate which would make this perfect for the festive period.
Although I love the Gunpowder Proof in a cocktail I am less keen on it straight. The 54% abv is enough to tell you this packs a punch yet it is surprisingly smooth.
The Original Admiral is inspired by the recipe used when the Royal Navy discontinued its daily rum ration in 1970. There is a little burn but nothing as intense as the Gunpowder Proof with the demerara, caramel and gentle spice prominent.
A rum I could definitely drink straight is the Spiced. There’s a real kick from the ginger at the back of the throat with nutmeg and allspice giving it more of a festive feel. It is going on my Christmas list for after dinner on Christmas day that is for sure.
How beautiful is this bottle? I tried to tuck it into my coat and steal it but the staff had their beady eyes on it all evening. It is beautifully hand painted and would look amazing on my dining table.
After all that rum we were ready for something to eat and the owner’s mum had made her specialty – curry, rice and peas. The table were that impressed that we have invited ourselves round for Sunday lunch as this is what is offered. Lightly spiced yet beautifully fragrant I could have eaten it again.
They don’t do small portions here and this hunk of banana cake had been laced with the Pussers rum. I seriously need the recipe as the combination of the two flavours was just incredible. It gave the cake a moistness that would usually make it soggy, not here. It was gorgeous and I had seconds, just to make sure it was as nice as I thought it had been.
A thoroughly enjoyable night had by all. The rums were great, the food was great and the company was great. Even though the crowd were paying guests who had only met that night, we got on so well and were like old friends by the end of the evening. There you have it, living proof that rum brings people together. I can’t wait for the next one, I’ll see you at the bar.
I was invited as a guest and was not asked to pay for my place.