Classic Navy Rum - Premium Still Spirits

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Classic Navy Rum - Premium Still Spirits

A dark & sweet mellow rum styled on the “seafaring” rums of old. Often produced as overproof & dispensed daily to improve the health & temperament of sailors. Makes 2.25 lites.

Dark, sweet mellow rum styled on seafaring rums of old. 



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Classic Navy Rum - Premium Still Spirits

A dark & sweet mellow rum styled on the “seafaring” rums of old. Often produced as overproof & dispensed daily to improve the health & temperament of sailors. Makes 2.25 lites.

Dark, sweet mellow rum styled on seafaring rums of old. 

 

Rum's association with piracy began with English privateers trading on the valuable commodity. As some of the privateers became pirates and buccaneers, their fondness for rum remained, the association between the two only being strengthened by literary works such as Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

The association of rum with the Royal Navy began in 1655 when the British fleet captured the island of Jamaica. With the availability of domestically produced rum, the British changed the daily ration of liquor given to seamen from French brandy to rum.[21] While the ration was originally given neat, or mixed with lime juice, the practice of watering down the rum began around 1740. To help minimize the effect of the alcohol on his sailors, Admiral Edward Vernon had the rum ration watered down, a mixture that became known as grog. While many believe the term grog was coined in honor of the grogram cloak Admiral Vernon wore in rough weather,the term predates his famous order. It probably originates in the West Indies, perhaps of African etymology (see Grog). The Royal Navy continued to give its sailors a daily rum ration, known as a "tot," until the practice was abolished after July 31, 1970.

Today the rum ration (tot) is still issued on special occasions. This is done by an order to "splice the mainbrace", which may only be given by the Queen, a member of the Royal Family or, on certain occasions, the Admiralty Board in the UK with similar restrictions in other Commonwealth navies.Recently, such occasions have included Royal marriages or birthdays, or special anniversaries. In the days of daily rum rations, the order to "splice the mainbrace" meant double rations would be issued.

A story involving naval rum is that following his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson's body was preserved in a cask of rum to allow transport back to England. Upon arrival, however, the cask was opened and found to be empty of rum. The pickled body was removed and, upon inspection, it was discovered that the sailors had drilled a hole in the bottom of the cask and drunk all the rum, in the process drinking Nelson's blood. Thus, this tale serves as a basis for the term Nelson's Blood being used to describe rum. It also serves as the basis for the term "Tapping the Admiral" being used to describe drinking the daily rum ration. The details of the story are disputed, as many historians claim the cask contained French brandy whilst others claim instead the term originated from a toast to Admiral Nelson. Variations of the story, involving different notable corpses, have been in circulation for many years. The official record states merely that the body was placed in "refined spirits" and does not go into further detail.

The Royal New Zealand Navy was the last naval force to give sailors a free daily tot of rum. The Royal Canadian Navy still gives a rum ration on special occasions; the rum is usually provided out of the CO's fund and is 150 proof. It is consumed on the order "up spirits".

Rum was also occasionally consumed mixed with gunpowder, either in order to test the proof of an alcohol ration (if the alcohol was diluted, the gunpowder would not ignite after being soaked with alcohol) or to seal a vow or show loyalty to a rebellion.



 

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Classic Navy Rum - Premium Still Spirits

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Classic Navy Rum - Premium Still Spirits

A dark & sweet mellow rum styled on the “seafaring” rums of old. Often produced as overproof & dispensed daily to improve the health & temperament of sailors. Makes 2.25 lites.

Dark, sweet mellow rum styled on seafaring rums of old. 



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