Between the mid 17th and 19th centuries, the sailors of the Royal Navy were granted a daily ration of rum. This was afforded them by the shipâ€™s Purser. The term Purser was gradually corrupted 'til it became Pusser. Before 1740, the daily ration included an entire pint of rum which was consumed neat. Before a battle, a double rum ration was issued. In fact, it was not before 1970 that the daily issue of rum was abolished, when the Admiralty Board deemed it unsuitable.
The modern brand Pusserâ€™s was founded by Charles Tobias, a sailor and businessman. Tobias resurrected Pusserâ€™s rum in 1979, using the original blending recipe which he had been given by the Admiralty. Today, the blend is the same as it was on British warships, using five West Indian rums. The blend contains mostly pot-still rum which proffers a decidedly distinct spirit.
Pusser's 'Gunpowder Proof' Black Label is a higher proof traditional British Naval rum, produced from rums across the Caribbean and Americaâ€™s using the blending recipe from the Admiralty. Well loved, it picked up a Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge 2016.
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. The finish is incredibly long and dark.