FUN RUM FACTS
■ In the 1800s, rum was considered excellent for cleaning hair and strengthening its roots. ■ More than 80 per cent of the world’s rum comes from the Caribbean. ■ The infamous Admiral Nelson that died in the Battle of Tralfager of 1805 had his body preserved in a cask of rum before it was laid to rest. ■ Twelve million gallons of rum were consumed annually by the early colonists. ■ Rum has had a long association with piracy. While it began due to English privateers trading it as a valuable commodity, many of these privateers became pirates whose fondness for the sweet drink never vanished.