Pussers “Gunpowder Proof” Black Label Rum 54.5% abv 70cl

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Country British Virgin Islands
Spirit Type Rum
Brand Pussers Navy Rum
Size 70cl
ABV 54.5%
Serving Suggestion The Infamous Pusser’s Painkiller®: Ingredients - 2 oz Pusser’s Rum, 4 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz orange juice, 1 oz cream of coconut, Fresh grated nutmeg - Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a big glass or goblet

Pusser's 'Gunpowder Proof' Black Label (previously known as Blue Label) is a higher proof traditional British Naval rum, produced using the blending recipe from the Admiralty.

A dark amber gold in colour. The nose is full of dried fruits, dates, prunes, slightly overripe figs. The palate is very sweet, plenty of dark, syrupy, stewed fruits. An interesting pot still character with a pleasant muddiness. Full-bodied with an incredibly long dark finish.

Pussers is the original Navy Rum and is still produced in accordance with Admiralty Regulations for Rum.  Prior to the invention of the hydrometer, the ship's "Purser" or "Pusser" as he was called, shutdown claims of watering down the sailors' daily rum tot by mixing it with a few grains of gunpwder to see if it would burn.  If the mixture was ignoted, the rum was "At Proof".  If it didn't, the Pusser might find himself tossed to sea. Pusser's Rum remained at "Gunpowder strength" until the daily issue was terminated on july 31st 1970, known as "Black Tot Day"

Country Of Origin: British Virgin Islands

Pusser’s Rum bottles, blends and distributes the original Royal Navy rum—one of the most historic and traditional rums still available today. Pusser’s Rum Admiralty range is a blend issued from 5 different stills located in Guyana and Trinidad. Each marque is hand-selected, according to specification, for its individual smoothness, flavour, and mellow depth. The rich flavour of Pusser’s Rum is all natural—no artificial flavouring or colouring is added.

In today's spirits world, Pusser’s Rum is the only rum blended in exact accordance with the Royal Navy specification last used when it discontinued its daily ration on July 31, 1970—ending a tradition that lasted over 300 years. Still distilled in the wooden pot stills of yesteryears, interestingly in the same original Admiralty stills, and aged for a minimum of three years, this Admiralty rum blend is rich and full-bodied, with an unsurpassed smoothness due to its “pot-stilled” lineage.

Navy Rum is not just a name for dark rum. Originally it was the name of a specific type of rum distilled for the Admiralty in wooden pot stills in lieu of the normal metal ones. The distillation of rum in wood imparts a truly unique flavour that can only be described as "full and rich," making most others bland by comparison. Rum that is not distilled in wood cannot achieve the unique flavour of a real Navy Rum. This flavour is unique to the wooden process, and cannot be duplicated from any other type of distillation.  While others may have designated their product to be a navy rum by the mere inclusion of the phrase 'Navy Rum' on their label, they can never be a Navy Rum any more than a Rolls Royce logo placed on a Ford doesn't make a Ford a Rolls Royce. A real navy rum has to be distilled in wood.

Pusser’s Rum is is the product of five stills, three in Guyana and two in Trinidad. The rums are artfully blended to create the perfect balance of naturally occurring flavoring compounds known as “esters” and “congeners.”  Unlike most rums, Pusser’s is all natural and is never artificially flavored or colored.

The molasses used in each of the contributing stills comes from sugar cane grown in the Demerara River Valley—once the home of 300 sugar cane estates each with its own distillery. This geographic region has been highly renowned for its production and world-wide distribution of sugar since the 1600′s. It is often referred to as the “Valley of Navy Rum”.

From the Pussers Website:

"To prepare for a face off, the iron men in their wooden ships found both revival and salvation in Pusser’s Rum, as well as companionship for downtime reverie. From the earliest days of the British Royal Navy, these foolhardy brave hearts were issued a daily ration or “tot” of rum by the ship’s “Purser,” a word the sailor’s later coined as “Pusser.”

This rum tradition rewarded heroism and eased defeat from 1655 until 1970 when some of the higher-ups decided rum was having too much fun with the sailing men.  Blame it on the above deck skirmishes or the below deck antics.  Or simply sea legs getting the better of the jolly Jack Tars.  We like to think the Royal Navy just wanted to keep the sea’s best kept secret — and best tasting one — to themselves.

The history of rum in Great Britain’s Royal Navy was largely that of social change, both in England and the Royal Navy. From 1650 throughout the 18th century, shipboard life was incredibly difficult. The daily issue of Pusser’s Rum was the highlight of the day. Then, too in those days, battles were fought “eyeball-to-eyeball”. The mental alertness and courage required to pack a cannonball into a muzzle loader were far different from that required to operate the modern weapon systems of today. Thus in 1970, the Admiralty Board decreed that there was no place for the daily issue of rum in a modern navy, and so ended the daily issue of Pusser’s Rum in the Royal Navy on July31st,1970. This date since then, is referred to “Black Tot Day”."

Read more here: www.pussersrum.com

Country Of Origin: British Virgin Islands

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