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Why "coopered"? Coopered means "put in a wooden barrel or tub". I just love a spirit that has taken on the essence of the wood. That's the common denominator here. I enjoy drinking spirits that have that vanilla wood sugar and that tannin bite. I'll never forget when I had old Appleton Estate rum (after only having had Bacardi white). It was a shocking revelation what the wood can do.
The word "tot" refers to the Naval purser's (or prusser's) job of doling out carefully measured units of rum - (1/8th of a pint per day). The measure was known as a "tot". The word has since come to mean about 50ml, otherwise known as a jigger, pony, or shot. Technically a tot, as 1/8 pint is 59.14ml. A jigger or shot is usually 50ml. So, technically, a "tot" is nice heavy shot. That's as it should be... The Coopered Tot is thus literally a big dram in a barrel. But it's a double entendre that means a little kid in a barrel too. That would be me - a big toddling young at heart guy.
|A Coopered Tot?|