Pussers Gunpowder Proof Spiced 54.5%


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Pussers Gunpowder Proof Spiced is a premium spiced rum that was first launched in the UK in December 2020.

Pussers Rum is produced at the Demerara Distillers Ltd distillery in Guyana and is named after the Royal Navy 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 the Pusser’s Rum name quietly lay dormant until 1979 when the entrepreneur Charles Tobias sought to resurrect the Pusser’s Rum tradition. Tobias managed to obtain the rights and the blending information from the Admiralty, set up Pussers Rum Ltd on Tortola and, in 1980, began selling Pusser’s Rum to the public for the very first time. 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.

Pussers Gunpowder Proof Spiced is based upon the company’s own Gunpowder Proof Rum – it a 3 year old blend of rums produced in column and pot stills in Guyana and is bottled with at 54.5% ABV. The rum is filtered and aged for a minimum of three years in once used charred oak bourbon barrels and then further enhanced with a a unique blend of Caribbean spices. This is a secret blend of course, but there are nuances of banana, vanilla and chocolate (and probably other bits and pieces). There is plenty of banana character on the nose with chocolate on the palate, but the power of the Gunpowder rum character still shines through.

To those of you who remember the old Pusser’s red label spiced rum, this is nothing like it! This is a far superior spiced rum.

What is Gunpowder Proof Rum?

The term “Gunpowder Proof” refers to the traditional method that was used by The Royal Navy to test the strength of their rum. The rum would be mixed with gunpowder and if the mixture could still ignite when lit, it was considered to be “proof” of its strength. Therfore, the  ship’s Purser ( aka Pusser) could make sure that he was not being sold watered down rum. Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Spiced is bottled at 54.5% ABV, the same proof used by the British Navy. 


Tasting Notes

From Pusser’s Rum:

Colour: Clear, dark, coppery amber with burnished copper highlights.

Nose: Molasses, Banana, Chocolate, Vanilla, Cinnamon and mild ginger.

Finish: Long and extremely smooth finish despite its high alcohol content.


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