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…

Analog Fassionola Recipe

A quick post with my recipe for “Analog Fassionola”, an old-school tiki ingredient that’s shrouded in some mystery. Originally, I shared my take on fassionola…

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…

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…

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…

Clarke’s Court and Grenada Distillers Ltd.

When it comes to exported Grenadian-made rum, one name has dominated over the last two decades: Clarke’s Court. The brand is the flagship of Grenada…

Grenada’s River Antoine Rum Distillery – Rum History Wonderland

Among rum cognoscenti, Jamaica’s Hampden Estate is held in exceedingly high reverence; a visit to the distillery is a rite of passage for hardcore rum…

The Colonial Rum Classification – A Primer

The topic of Spanish, French and French style rums come up frequently in rum discussions. It’s confusing to many, especially newcomers trying to make sense…

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…