Pusser's Gunpowder Proof (54.5%) British Navy Rum

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Barcode UPC: 0 088320 005110
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about Pusser's Navy Rum (54.5%)

Produced by: Pusser's West Indies Ltd
Owned by: Pusser's Rum Ltd
UK distribution by: Cellar Trends Ltd
UK consumer PR by: Lucre
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alc./vol: 54.5%

Proof: 109°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands

A blend of column and pot still rums distilled from fermented molasses and aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Pusser's is blended according to original British Admiralty specifications using five rums from Guyana and Trinidad. (Its 54.5% alc./vol. strength is equal to 95.5 Sykes / 109 proof.)
The name ‘Pusser’ is slang in the Royal Navy for purser, the officer with responsibility for the issue of rum on board ship. For more than 300 years the British Navy issued a daily ‘tot’ of Pusser’s rum, with a double issue before battle. This tradition, which started in Jamaica in 1665, was finally broken on 31st July 1970, a day now known as ‘Black Tot Day’.

In 1979 the Admiralty approved the re-blending of Pusser’s rum to the original specifications by Charles Tobias in the British Virgin Islands. A significant donation from the sale of each bottle accrues to the benefit of The Royal Navy Sailor’s Fund, a naval charity established to compensate sailors for their lost tot.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 18/04/2018


Clear, dark coppery amber with burnished copper highlights.


Pungent molasses, treacle, toffee, honey and vanilla with oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and blackened ginger cake


Full-bodied, and despite its strength with a mellow medley of flavours: molasses, treacle, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee and espresso. Alcohol peppery spice and oak balances slight sweetness and adds structure.


Long finish with burnt caramel, spice, cold tea and prunes.


An authentically styled British navy rum in both alcohol strength and character with flavours of molasses, treacle, toffee, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and blackened ginger cake.

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