The much loved original “Blue Label” Pusser’s rum, its design changed to this black label when Pusser’s found that they had to bottle at the lower strength of 40% ABV to be allowed to sell their rum in naval bases. This remains the traditional naval rum recipe, a blend of five different Caribbean rums, based around a core of Guyanese Demerara rum. The name is a throwback to when spirit strengths were tested (or “proofed”) by soaking a pellet of gunpowder in them. If the gunpowder still ignited, then the spirits were considered “overproof”, and taxed at a higher rate. As such, this rum weighs in at a powerful 54.5% ABV, enriching further the classic dark, sweet notes of crumbling sugar and treacle. An icon of the rum world, this bottling picked up a Trophy award at the 2016 International Spirits Challenge.