Yes, that’s right, we did and just like Captain Jack Sparrow we love the stuff! Rum has come a long way since the sugary grog that was once demolished by the barrel load on the high seas. This March, in celebration of our love for Rum we’re literally giving the stuff away! We’re calling it ‘Buy Rum Get Rum Free’. Now, we all know just how good Rum tastes, but here’s 5 things you didn’t know about Rum;
1. Rum is the First Branded Spirit to Have Ever Been Made
Rum has been around since the 17th Century, making it the oldest spirit to exist. It was originally produced from molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process. Delivering a taste far from the one that we experience today.
2. Rum, a Pirate’s Favourite
Rum has had a long association with piracy. While it began due to English privateers trading it as a valuable commodity, many of these privateers became pirates whose fondness for the sweet drink never vanished. As seen in Pirates of The Carribean, portrayed by none less than Captain Jack Sparrow.
3. A ‘tot ‘O’ Rum Prevents Scurvy
Rum is reported to have medicinal properties that were useful for armies at war until a few decades ago. The British Army was known for giving rations of rum to its sailors to keep the risk of scurvy, a major threat at the time at bay.
4. Nelson Rests in Rum
If you can no longer drink it, why not rest in it instead? In a spectacular display of his love for rum, the infamous Admiral Nelson who died in the Battle of Trafalgar, had his body preserved in a cask of rum before it was finally laid to rest.
5. A Taste for Expensive Rum
The most expensive rum in the world bottled in the 1940′s by the Jamaican distillers Wray and Nephew contains blends that are believed to date as far back as 1915. Displayed at Europe’s first Rum Festival (RumFest) there are only four such bottles remaining in the world. They are valued at a whopping £25,000 a bottle!
Now you know all you need to know about Rum, why not sit back and sip on one? Enjoy ‘Buy One, Get One FREE’ on ALL Rum now! Get your FREE voucher here.