Good News from Jamaica

Jamaica’s  Long Pond Distillery has reopened, having solved its waste disposal issues which forced its closing in 2012.  The Cocktail Wonk was there last spring as part of the Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Program and had the chance to roam all through the seemingly deserted facility while being guided by the Distillery’s Plant Manager.   I  really enjoyed his report of the experience and am amazed that it’s being reported as back in operation.  In judging the photos in Cocktail Wonk’s post, it’s amazingly good news that the dead looking place is back up and running.

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Splice the Mainbrace

I have a personal memory to celebrate today. It’s related to  a milestone that Rummies and veterans of Her Majesty’s Navy will commemorate next Monday.  I would  imagine that anyone finding their way to this  site knows the significance of “celebrating” Black Tot Day, which is of course the anniversary of the the last day that a daily tot of Rum was issued to sailors in the Royal Navy, infamously the Black Tot. In 1970 someone decided that it probably wasn’t a good idea for men to be operating sophisticated machinery while drinking Rum.  Although the daily  tot, was only, a half gill… an eighth of an Imperial pint… (2.5 oz), I suppose it was an understandable change.  Her Majesty issued that last taste of  daily Rum on July 31, 1970.  It wouldn’t be the last Royal issue of Rum though.   To celebrate special Royal Events, the Queen has given the order, “Splice the Mainbrace,” which translates to, “Issue the Fleet a tot of Rum!”  I was lucky enough to be assigned as an exchange officer as a pilot in 815 Squadron when that order was given.  So, thirty-one years ago, on July 23, 1986 I collected my tot of[…]

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