GB and all
Just had a read of this thread and it took me back to the 1960s when I was in a Naval Victualling Yard,and in charge of blending and packing Navy Rum. If you expect me to say where the jars were made,and if they were a continuation of those supplies from WW1 I couldn't say,they were always encased in a wickerwork basket,and re-used time after time. They were 1 gallon capacity,we only did that size in jars,the rum inside was a blend of Trinidad&Jamaica (dark) (65%), Barbados (golden) (30%) South Africa and Australian (golden) (5%), and water to bring it down to "Issue Strength". On average the "overproof" rum used in the blend was around 150 (proof spirit (viz 100% alcohol in today's measure) was defined as 174 degrees) and a bit lively to sip,never mind gulp ! The packing strength for a jar was 1 degree stronger than it was in a cask,96.5 degrees for jar and 95.5 degrees for a cask. So it need to be watered down,it wasn't SRD (Service Rum Diluted) ! I believe that a gallon of water was added before issue to junior ratings,but that it was issued as was to Senior Rates.
Hope you enjoyed this educational piece ! There must be a few of you guys who have drunk my blends,from which I had already removed certain biological specimens who had snuggled up inside an empty barrel for a snooze,just before it was filled with overprrof rum in far off lands ! Snakes,cockroaches,frogs, assorted other bugs,all of which were in perfect preservation and continued to be long after I had moved on.
Cheers ? Never touch the stuff.
PS No truth in the rumour that one of my men drowned in the rum mixing vat,and that he climbed out twice for a wee.
Very many thanks for your input. A true revalation to me and I'm sure many others. I just assumed it was strong rum without mixing. Was this mix special to the Navy or did the Army use this when they had a rum ration (when did that stop?)
You must have been a popular man in that job.