Black Tot Day

It was madness

Every lad from port to starboard

Jostled to get to the front of the line

Black armbands flailing like jolly rogers

Even the bosun were throwing punches

Until the pipe came and the six bells rang 

A profound silence filled the air

Up spirits one last time

Drinking to memory 

A procession of lament and final salute

Three centuries of tradition buried at sea

All these years later I still remember that bloody slogan

“Last Issue of Rum to the Royal Navy 31st July 1970.”

Kill-Devil’s Advocate

“Wine is fine but whisky is quicker”

Ozzy got that wrong

It should’ve been “rum is fun and I’m ready to get some”

Booze for all seasons and situations

Neck it in a bar before you neck the girl

Right after you’re done drinking it in a tropical cocktail

Rainforest in a glass

Pretend you’re sophisticated and swirl it neat in front of the fire

Or down it while writing your next review

You’re cultured. You’re not an alcoholic.

Imagine you’re an adventurer on the high seas

Yo, ho, ho, something or other

Sip it at festivals and find your tribe

They’re not alcoholics either.

Rum really is the perfect drink

It warms the blood in our veins

Opens new doors

Creates friendships 

Makes life a little more bearable

The Rum Ration Hits 100 Followers!

Hitting milestones is an awesome feeling and The Rum Ration has officially hit 100 followers! I wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s stopped by to read the content and liked it enough to want to come back for more. 

To mark the occasion, I thought it’d be worth giving readers an idea of who exactly is behind The Rum Ration and go into more detail about myself. So, with that in mind, read on to learn more….

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A Series Of Tasting Notes

Pear and apple on the nose. Light, floral and pungent. Pear, lilac and gooseberries dance across the tongue, inviting. Have another sip.

Smell of caramel and burnt toffee gathers in the air. Tastes like gingerbread, warm. Ideal for a cold winter night.

A scent of gasoline and glue. Rubber, greasy donna kebab in a glass. A masochist’s dream. Will pour another.

Hot and peppery aroma. Notes of grapefruit and blueberry cut through the spice. Not out of the woods. Volcano fire burns the throat. Another round.

Delicate. Juicy. Ephemeral. Notes of rum and raisin ice cream tempered with layers of green pepper and tomato. Nectar of the gods.

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith liked his rum three times a day

From sunrise to sunset he got his way

White in the morning, dark come the eve

His mates never knew what was up his sleeve

He rollicked and roved in every pub he could find

Never leaving an empty bottle behind

His personal stash was a sight to behold

Blended, spiced, experimental and gold

A modern-day pirate, a glutton for drink

That’s what he called himself when he had time to think

Johnny drank and drank but never got sick

Wherever he went rum was his faithful sidekick

It passed no judgement, brought him to life

Johnny never let it get between him and his wife

A Rum Tale: Spirit Of The New World Review: A Book Bursting With Boozy Insight And Swashbuckling Flair

The subject of rum is a massive topic that spans hundreds of years of tradition and craftsmanship. It’s easy for rum novices and aficionados to be overwhelmed by the amount of information that’s out there about one of the world’s most diverse spirits. But help has arrived in the form of Joseph Piercy’s A Rum Tale: Spirit Of The New World.

Part drinks guide, part love letter, A Rum Tale takes the reader on a voyage through the fascinating history of rum. From quirky facts like George Washington’s obsession with Barbados rum, to the story of notorious figures like Captain Henry Morgan, the book contains a wealth of boozy insight.

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Ahoy! Welcome To The Rum Ration

Greetings to all rum lovers, distillers, pirates and appreciators of tiki culture! Welcome to The Rum Ration, a magazine that’s dedicated to celebrating all things rum. As seems appropriate for the beginning of anything new, I thought I’d take you through the rationale behind the publication and the kind of content to look out for in future….

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