Pusser's Gunpowder Proof British Navy Rum

70cl / 54.5%
Pusser's Gunpowder Proof British Navy Rum
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A classic British Navy style rum, Pusser's Gunpowder Proof rum has rich notes of treacle, toffee, honey and vanilla throughout the palate, alongside oak, cinnamon and ginger. Taking its name from the naval tradition of providing sailors a daily ration of rum, distributed by the Purser – or Pusser. The Pusser would dispel any complaints of watering down the rum by wetting a pinch of gunpowder with the rum and attempting to light it. If the mixture ignited it was "proof" that the rum was strong enough.

Caribbean Blend


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Ginger Ginger
  • Nutmeg Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Prunes Prunes
  • Oak Oak

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof British Navy Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Simon Difford for Class Magazine

    • Appearance:

      Clear, dark coppery amber with burnished copper highlights.

    • Aroma:

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

    • Taste:

      Full-bodied, and despite its strength with mellow medley of flavours: molasses, treacle, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee and espresso, all given structure by a garnish of oak.

    • Aftertaste:

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

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67 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    25 September

    The gold standard. A simply amazing tot.

  • 5
    20 December 2018

    This is a splendid, unique rum and a nice change from others. Does it actually have gunpowder in it?

  • 5
    15 October 2018

    This is the closest to the real Pussers Rum that I have had since that dreadful day when the Royal Navy rum tot was abolished. Long may it live!

  • 3
    15 September 2018

    What can I say - it's a gun powder strength rum with a bit of a kick and the after burn that you'd expect of a Navy rum.

  • 5
    23 February 2018

    1886 introduced to Pusser's by a crazy Jamaican ship mate U.S. Navy pulled in to Hong Kong. China Fleet club. hey try this he said boom boom put some hair on you. crazy fun filled times. Ros-timon where are you?

  • 5
    10 February 2018

    Got this issued on a daily basis whilst serving in the RNZ Navy. Love this drop. Especially straight from the freezer.

  • 5
    29 January 2018

    Have had a few shots of this now and it is great. One of the best I have tasted so far.

  • 5
    24 January 2018

    A point of order: it's the ROYAL NAVY.

  • 4
    13 January 2018

    Wonderful flavour second to none

  • 5
    29 November 2017

    A world famous rum with its singular flavour. I did prefer the original label though.

  • 5
    6 October 2017

    The finest Rum I've ever tasted. I look forward to trying the 15 year and Gunpowder proof bottles if our distributor will ever get some into our zip 60014. Never to be mixed, and best served neat or over ice.

  • 5
    2 October 2017

    very good traditional rum. Bought for birthday gift for my brother who loved it when in the royal navy.

  • 5
    19 September 2017

    This product brought great joy to my friend. It was bought as a 70th birthday gift for him. He had had this years ago and spoke so very highly of it. The delight on his face when he received this is more than words can convey! Thank you for adding something so special to his milestone birthday.

  • 4
    18 August 2017

    The first sniff of this stirred old memories for me from the Royal Navy of the 1950s but I can appreciate it even more now

  • 5
    11 August 2017

    Pure perfection, add nothing, sip slowly, let the glass warm in your hand, sniff gently and sip again, finish the glass, put the bottle away and enjoy again when the moment is right. All is right in the world.

  • 5
    10 August 2017

    What on earth are people thinking of, taking this Rum with water?....Sacrilege..This is like a fine Malt or Cognac...sip and let it roll around the mouth before swallowing slowly, to get the full flavour...beautiful.

  • 5
    3 August 2017

    I have bought premium spirits before and been disappointed, but, decided to get this as a celebration for completing a channel crossing on our boat. First time I can honestly say that it's worth every penny. Fantastic taste, warm, spicy and smokey, it's really good! Even the wife likes it and she's not much of a rum drinker. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    1 August 2017

    Mellow deliciousness

  • 5
    22 June 2017

    The closest rum to the original Naval Tot. Superlative. Forget about the ''experts'' blabbering on about 'notes of molasses' and 'copper highlights' (what on earth does that mean?) This is a brilliant rum that replicates the original Navy tot. Measure it carefully and never ever mix with carbonated drinks like coke. 70cls or one half a gill is the original measure. Add the same amount of water and sink it down. Woooooo.... Now enjoy the kick. Remember this is strong stuff so save it for another day. Great start for a night out. But, don't expect to feel good in the morning. Expensive? I don't think so to get a rum as good as this. Unique.

  • 5
    16 May 2017

    I served in the RN and drew my daily tot. This is the closest you will find to the original. Drink it with an equal amount of water and don't sip. Down in one. Then leave the bottle for another day.

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