Pusser's Gunpowder Proof British Navy Rum

70cl / 54.5%
Pusser's Gunpowder Proof British Navy Rum
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Pusser's Gunpowder Proof is a classic British Navy style rum, inspired by the recipe used to produce the tot given to sailors as their daily ration until Black Tot Day, 31 July 1970.
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Pusser's Gunpowder Proof British Navy Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Simon Difford for Class Magazine

    Clear, dark coppery amber with burnished copper highlights.

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

    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.

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

    Diffordsguide Rating - 4.5/5

48 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    8 days ago

    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.

  • 4
    5 January

    Rich and spicy with flavors of dried prunes, acetone, molasses, butter and caramel. Excellent mouthfeel; thick and chewy, even with a splash of water to open it up. Surprisingly sweet and smooth for the price point, with enough complexity to enjoy neat.

  • 5
    24 November 2016

    Its the real pussers rum

  • 5
    23 November 2016

    Have yet to buy the gunpowder rum just had the blue label which is great but would like to Mr Shaw I too was in Terror barracks while Rothesay was in refit ,good times.

  • 5
    6 November 2016

    Awesome stuff. Just a quick note to Andy Reeves - this IS the original Blue Label. They (relatively recently) rebranded, lowering the ABV of the blue label to make it more approachable and basically stuck the old Blue Label in this bottle - the gunpowder version. Also, it's called "Gunpowder" because the ship's purser used to add a few grains of gunpowder to the rum and, if it set alight, it was a way of showing the sailors that the rum was not watered down! Boom.

  • 5
    2 October 2016

    I drank my last Navy Tot in Singapore in 1970, where we were working Tropical Routine and living in HMS Terror. As an apprentice at the time we were given the opportunity to take our Tot neat, which was always the privilege of Senior Rates, this rum transports me back to those time of rum afterburn and a visit to the omelette bar, is it really 46 years ago? Currently living in France where there is a much greater choice of decent rums at the Supermarch?s!

  • 5
    31 August 2016

    Perfect amount of burn for a spirit. Can't imagine any spirit better from a hipflask with friends.

  • 5
    30 July 2016

    Gunpowder is the Creme de Creme of rum but why is it called gunpowder?

  • 5
    4 July 2016

    excellent, if you like a 'tot' pussers is the one, personally i prefer the 'blue label'origional, but this is dammn good

  • 5
    15 April 2016

    Careful kids, this stuff is not to be messed with, its better than any overproof rum I'm yet to try!

  • 5
    31 March 2016

    Gunpowder Proof is an excellent drink. Smooth, very warming and the taste just goes on. Superb.

  • 5
    7 March 2016


  • 5
    16 February 2016

    Nectar of the "Gods".

  • 3
    22 December 2015

    Whilst serving in the Aussie Military but aboard a Royal Navy Ship en-route to deployment,we were given a Tot or two of Grog,that turned out to be Pusser's ,what an Aroma,Flavour mmmm!,by far better than Listerene for cleaning one's Teeth. It's supposed to keep one waterproof should they fall into the Briney, blimey it did far more than that,good memories had by all.There is a Tradition held my want to be Submariner's, needing to Swallow as fast as possible a Pint of Navy Rum in which is a Phosphor-Bronze Dolphin which must not bbe swallowed whilst performing, when accomplished and they dig out of their Mouth the item in Question, they are pronounced Submariner's. Is this True or False I know not??

  • 5
    27 October 2015

    The Rum of all Rum,s

  • 5
    23 May 2015

    The best

  • 5
    6 February 2015

    A truly excellent rum which offers more complexity than many of the best spiced rums I''ve tasted. As a drinker of single malt scotch whiskies, I can see why this is called the ''single malt of rums''. Tasting notes: The nose is overwhelmingly alcoholic (not surprising with an ABV of 54.5%!) which gives way to hints of biscuit, clove and diesel fuel. There is a sweet, rich palate where raisin and molasses feature most prominently, with undertones of port wine and butter. The finish is spicy and reminiscent of clove and black pepper, leaving a lingering warmth at the back of the throat.

  • 5
    4 February 2015

    The best rum I have tasted. It is the nearest to Royal Navy Rum in my opinion.

  • 5
    29 December 2014

    I was first introduced to this on my c.d''s course as a young diver in the Royal Navy by the warrant officer as a reward for passing one of the latter stages. 16 years on and it''s still an amazing ration. Sandy bottoms !!!

  • 5
    23 October 2014

    superb! we built a prison in Eldorado,Ks years ago and we would drink a full case per week between about six men. good stuff Maynard

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