After finding an odd yarn about a ‘Black Fox’ on a similarly named bottle of cider (see below), I’ve just found another intriguing legend, this time on a bottle of beer.
I’ve just picked up (and indeed started quaffing) a bottle of Shepherd Neame ‘Tapping the Admiral’ bitter. In explanation of this odd title, the label states: ‘When Nelson was killed at Trafalgar his body was preserved in a cask of brandy during the long trip back to England. Legend has it that thirsty sailors snuck drinks from the brandy cask carrying Nelson’s corpse. This gave rise to the phrase for illicit drinking “Tapping the Admiral”.’
I wonder if there’s any truth in this fortean fable? If so, how many slurps did Hardy have? True or not, I’m rather enjoying the concept of booze-and-folklore – it’s an excellent combination! Shepherd Neame Tapping the Admiral, incidentally, is a pleasantly bitter-sweet golden ale with a strnegth of 4%. Cheers!