THE NAVY RUM BLEND
Around the early 1800s, the Royal Navy (somewhat unintentionally) became one of the pioneers of the rum blending world, with one of the largest rum holdings in the world (around 4 million gallons was stored in large open wooden vats at any given time).
The Navy would buy rum principally from English Ports - Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, and later Trinidad. However, it would also buy rum from other countries if the supplies needed it. The original Navy rum is a continuous ‘world blend’ of almost all available rums - there is no set recipe.
Sailors could choose to have their daily rum ration or be paid the equivalent worth instead. Most chose the rum.
You may also like
Tales of the Tot
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
James Lind discovered the effects of citrus fruit on warding off scurvy in 1747, but it wasn’t until almost 50 years later in 1795 that the Navy issued a daily ration of lemon juice to prevent this disease. However, due to prevailing myths surrounding alternative cures, it wouldn’t be until 1928 - and the discovery of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) - that scurvy was fully banished from the fleet.
Long Live the Tot!
Black Tot Day in 1970 ended a relationship between the British Armed Forces and their favourite drink and the sailors of the of the time mourned the loss of their rum. But this loss led to society’s gain...
THE DAY THE RUM DIED
1970 marked the end of the navy rum ration on ‘Black Tot Day'. But eventually, the fate of the last of the liquid crossed our path.