How Does a Whiskey Get Its Proof?

Written By Darrell Kramin - January 18 2017

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martyn hawkins
January 21 2017

My understanding is that when the Royal Navy were issuing Rum in the 1700’s (started by Admiral Vernon in celebration of the defeat of the French in a battle in the West Indies) the Ship’s Purser (responsible for procuring supplies including Rum) were often guilty of watering down the Rum and pocketing the profits. Suspicion of this could result in Mutiny so the readily available gunpowder was used as ‘PROOF’ that it hadn’t been watered down. Gunpowder won’t burn if the Rum is less than 100 Proof.

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