anybody making rum in the uk??
Originally posted on Stephen McGrath:
Rum is a beverage with a rich history full of anecdotes and myths, war and piracy. Following Lord Nelson’s death after the great victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, his body is said to have made its way back preserved in a cask of rum. On the ships return to British shores the cask was drained of its content where thirsty sailors had their merry way. Thus, the term “Nelson’s Blood” was coined for rum.
The word rum has sketchy origins, but British Etymologist Samuel Morewood suggested in an essay he wrote in 1824 that its roots are in the old British slang term for “the best” – as in “having a rum time.” Its popular use was to denote the spirits superiority over whiskey, brandy, or arrack.