Category: British Navy Rum History

Navy Strength isn’t 57%

There is an aphorism – Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth. When it comes to rum promoting itself as “Navy Strength”…

The British Navy’s Rum Purchases Revealed

For fifty years, the rums that the British Royal Navy blended for its sailors has fascinated enthusiasts and historians. Most stories about navy rum endlessly…

British Navy Rum Ration Hijinks

Stories about the British Navy’s daily rum ration inevitably include imagery of sailors lined up at the grog tub, emblazoned with “God Save the Queen”…

The 1969 Ministry of Defence Signal Ending the British Navy Rum Ration

July 31st, 1970 — a day that lives in infamy as Black Tot day. It was on this day that British navy sailors received their…

Pusser’s Rum Charles Tobias On the Record: Part Two

What follows is part two of my interview with Charles Tobias, the U.S. marine aviator, technology CEO, and globe-crossing sailor who created the Pusser’s Rum…

British Navy Rum Before Vernon’s Grog

The narrative most rum enthusiasts know about British navy rum usually starts around 1731, when the British Navy declared that (in certain parts of the…

Pusser’s Rum Charles Tobias: On the Record (Part One)

For students of spirits history who pour over countless dry pages to glean precious tiny nuggets of information, coming face-to-face with living, breathing history that…

The British Navy’s Rum Vatting System: An inside look

As the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day approaches, interest in all things British Navy rum is rising. A topic rarely discussed is how and…

British Navy Ron/Rhum/Rum?

The source of the rums in the British navy’s blend is a topic of much speculation and misunderstanding. I’ve already debunked one myth here. Historical…

Splicing the Mainbrace Without Navy Rum?

As we hurtle towards the 50th Anniversary of Black Tot day, a lot of interest is focused on the British Royal Navy’s tradition of issuing…

A (Non-)History of Jamaica in British Navy Rum

From sheer repetition over many decades, the rum world has accepted a seemingly unshakeable truth: The storied Royal Navy rum, served to Britain’s bluejackets for…

Remembering Michael Fogg – Conservator of Rum’s Legacy

“My suggestion is that you try to contact Michael Fogg… he is definitely the most knowledgeable living person regarding the early derivation of navy rum.”…