I've seen "Wetters" & "Sandy Bottoms" referred to as "Lighters" & "Grounders" respectively.
GROG = Traditionally, two parts water, one part rum.
TOT = One eighth of a pint of rum, the standard daily ration.
WETTERS = Just enough to wet your lips
SIPPERS = A small mouthfull of a friends tot in payment of a favour or debt.
GULPERS = One big swallow of a friends tot in payment of a favour or debt.
NEATERS = Rum without water.
SANDY BOTTOMS = A rare privilege, being invited to see off a friends entire tot.
THE FRAMEWORK OF HOSPITALITY = 2 Wetters = 1 Sippers
2 Sippers = 1 Gulpers
2 Gulpers = 1 Sandy Bottoms
WHY 'GROG' ANYWAY? = This is attributed to Admiral Vernon who was nicknamed "Old Grogham" after the boatcloak that he wore. He first ordered this dilution process on the West Indies Station in 1740. When rum was diluted, the mixture would not keep for very long and so (in theory) could not be hoarded. Neaters was only issued to POs and CPO's and lasted longer than grog.
Rum diluted two to one that, until that black day, 31st July 1970, was issued to ratings of Killick and below. It was not issued to those marked in the Victualling Book as UA (Under Age) or T (Temperance), the latter receiving an allowance of 3d per day in lieu of a tot.
THANKS: The above infor'mation was researched with the help of the book JACKSPEAK by Rick Jolly & Tugg Wilson and Mike, a friend of the Web Bosun who served as a 'Pressure-Head'.
A bottle arrived yesterday - celebrated the clocks going back with it (well, I needed a reason - couldn't just drink it willy-nilly.....)I've been a spiced rum drinker for many years and the last year or so have started moving over to dark rums. Many have been meh, some have been excellent.
A few of my favourites have already been mentioned.......
Zacapa, Guatemalan rum .....definitely top of the list, absolutely lovely.
The loss of 8 hours of my conscious life some 38 years ago was a gap I needed to fill. I shouldn't have bothered. The younger me was obviously less discerning. First sniff of the open bottle reminder me of rough brandy. A neat sip burned on the tongue and all the way down the gullet, festering for a few minutes in the stomach. The aftertaste was bitter with a musty finish. Maybe mixing it would improve the taste? No. Ice and water cut the burn but only revealed the less than optimal flavour. OJ masked it somewhat but left a lingering bitterness. I had to scrub my tongue when I did my teeth. The only positive thing I have to say about it is that is the ideal drink to get rid of unwanted guests. I'm going to mix the remainder with acetone for cleaning black powder residue out of my guns. One for the 'don't ****ing bother' list.Just ordered a bottle of Arrack. Made from palm flower sugars in Sri Lanka and closest to rum I found there. Will report on taste/effect when it arrives. My experience of it was chasing an escaped flip flop up and down Bentota beach at 3 in the morning then waking up in the hotel room with my salty/sandy clothes stuck to the walls and me like a crumpled crisp packet on the bed. I was a little delicate but revived by another one at lunch.
I thank You.This is close, she lets the biscuits soak longer, in more rum, start out following the recipe and increase if you like.
Dead Man's Fingers is very nice. There are many flavours but I only know the classic & the coffee. The classic tastes to me like what I imagine you'd get if you dissolved a fruit cake in rum - it's taste is like fruit, strong orangey, citrus notes.How is the dead man's fingers? I've always walked past thinking it was a own brand kraken type stuff or heavily flavoured pop stuff?
Dead Man's Fingers is very nice. There are many flavours but I only know the classic & the coffee. The classic tastes to me like what I imagine you'd get if you dissolved a fruit cake in rum - it's taste is like fruit, strong orangey, citrus notes.
The coffee is like Tia Maria for grown ups, lovely colour, good but not overpowering coffee flavour.
It's very pleasant. The labelling is a bit de trop but the actual product is very nice. The flavour doesn't seem to me to be synthetic. We have 3 rums generally in stock - Kraken, DMF & Lamb's spiced for mixing. Recently we also had Bundaberg which wasn't as nice as I remember it, mind you there are different varieties within the brand.Sounds great! Is it a chemically flavour or something decent? I've only gone off the daft bottle design so automatically stuck it in with Dooley's toffee vodka etc, a tad harshly it sounds too
I walked into the cook tent one snow covered winters morning in Germany, for my late breakfast (Radio stag), and spied a bottle Lambs Navy Rum on the table. “Morning Chef, who’s is that?” says I.remember we got Rum rations when it got cold. only remember it happening a couple of times. The Gun No1 was shit faced up in the turret as we drove on a night move. He got a bottle & i remember we were in the back of the M109 drinking but he of course drunk much more. was funny. liked his booze anyway.