Monday, April 25, 2016
Pusser’s ‘Gunpowder Proof’ is a traditional British Navy style rum produced at original Admiralty strength and in accordance with the Admiralty’s blending recipe last used when the Royal Navy discontinued its daily ration on 31 July 1970.
“Gunpowder Proof”, prior to the invention of the hydrometer, the ship’s purser shutdown claims of watering down 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.
Presented at Gunpowder Proof, 54.5% ABV, this rum is dark coppery amber rum that sends pungent notes of molasses, toffee, honey, spices and oak. Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof is full bodied rum with a solid flavor profile and a long smooth mellow finish inspite of the overproof status of the rum.
Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum is scheduled for release in the United States in May of 2016. This is an expression that you really need to try. Despite its 109 proof, is very sipable and mixes well in most any cocktail including a Gunpowder Pain Killer.