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Old 01-07-2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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Default Nelson's Blood... Or General

I'm sure you all know the legendary origin of the term... Although the usual liquid used to preserve a corpse was brandy, which, correctly, offered less impurities and sugars for devouring bacteria to feed upon than our tipple of interest.

What's interesting to me is that I read that the term originated with General Ross, the British commander of the landward attack upon Baltimore in 1814. He was shot at long range during the assault.

There being no brandy, he got a cask of naval rum, etc., etc. For more on General Ross, you can see here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ross_(general)

Sometimes, when I drink Rum, I think of General Ross.

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