“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest. Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of a rum.” That timeless phrase was uttered by Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and immortalised the connection between pirates and rum in popular culture. The complex antagonist of Stevenson’s tale was a cunning and opportunistic pirate who loved his rum as much as he loved bragging about his accomplishments.
So, let’s take a look at the kind of rum that Silver would drink….
A Pirate’s Life focuses on the lives of fictional and real-life pirates, imagining what kind of rum they’d collect if they were around today. And if there’s one character that embodies the rum lifestyle it’s Captain Jack Sparrow. From constantly asking why the rum’s always gone, to seeking out adventure with a tot in hand, Sparrow’s love of the spirit is as legendary as his reputation.
When it comes to rum, there are certain tropes that have become synonymous with the drink. Pirates are one of them. The idea of the rum-swilling, swashbuckling scallywag was thrust into popular culture in the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and since then, every buccaneer has yearned for their rum.
A Pirate’s Life is a series that reimagines real-life and fictional pirates in the modern day and the kind of rum they’d want to get their hands on. First up is the complicated and ambitious pirate Captain Edward Kenway of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.