Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum

Pusser’s highly awarded ‘Gunpowder Proof’ is a traditional Royal Navy style rum produced at original Admiralty strength in accordance with the Admiralty’s blending recipe last used when the Royal Navy discontinued its daily ration on 31 July 1970 (109 Proof). Before the invention of the hydrometer, the ship’s purser shutdown claims of watering down the sailors’ daily tot by mixing a few grains of gunpowder to the rum to see if it would burn. If the mixture ignited, the rum was ‘at proof.’ If it didn’t, the purser might find himself tossed to sea.

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Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum, the only rum blended in accordance with Royal Navy Admiralty specifications, proudly boasts its original strength at 54.5% ABV (109 Proof), making it one of the most authentic and historical spirits available today.


Clear, dark coppery amber with burnished copper highlights


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


Full-bodied with a more enhanced flavour profile than the lower proof Blue Label

With its smoky and sweet flavor tones and a huge degree of versatility, Pusser's has been a staple among spirit connoisseurs. Pusser's rum is versatile but is best enjoyed in simple cocktails.

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