More folklore on a bottle of booze

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!


About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (, a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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