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 daily rum ration to its members. One of the hallowed auxiliary traditions of the rum ration was the order of “Splice the Mainbrace”, called by an officer on the... Continue Reading →

Untangling All the Modern Navy Rums

Who doesn’t love the story of British Navy Rum? With the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day coming up on July 31st, 2020, liquor store shelves are awash in "navy rum". As someone who’s spent the last 18th months intensively studying British navy rum, I’m quite excited about all this! But, in a cruel twist... Continue Reading →

Jamaican Rum on Acid: How Vinegar Brings the Funk

The learning never stops. For several years I’ve endeavored to understand the flavor science and history behind Jamaican rum’s unique hogo. As part of that I’ve visited every Jamaican rum distillery, save one, and documented what I learned. One such article I wrote was perhaps the first to clearly define what dunder is, and differentiate... Continue Reading →

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