Ahoy from Dartmouth to all our customers, we hope you are all well, and coping with what is unchartered territory for us all.

Looking down the barrel of a gun from Dartmouth

At HQ in Dartmouth we are all fit and healthy, but have been thinking about how we can help anyone who has to self isolate or is working from home while the country battles with sorting out this nasty virus. So read on for some helpful nautical advice from Dartmouth!

Firstly, if you have worked from home before, you will no doubt feel very smug about never getting stuck in a rush hour (this means the ferry queue for us in Dartmouth), but you will also recognise that it is all too easy to find yourself still in your PJ’s at 5pm, sat on the sofa, wondering what on earth you have done all day! You have to have a structure to be as productive as possible. JackSpeak HQ are excellent at this in Dartmouth, and follow strict guidelines to ensure we are efficient at all times during the working day.

One way to organise yourself is to continue with the ‘going to work’ morning routine. This does mean getting out of bed, having a shower and brushing your teeth. It also means considering what to wear. After all spring is well and truly here - as bright and alert people, you will have observed the daffs everywhere. So, let’s face it, you ARE working from home, and therefore it is perfectly acceptable and in fact mandatory to be comfy. BUT you might be taking video calls, so maybe you could consider a new JackSpeak T shirt to perk up your working week? Team with smart joggers and trainers for a casual ‘double busy working from home’ look. Our T shirts also work really well in the work skype call game 'guess what it says on my back' which is well documented to keep spirits up and a stimulate a feeling of connection. It is also very well known by the top thinkers here in Dartmouth that sitting at a desk for prolonged periods can get a touch chilly, so you may have to invest in one of our super soft and super comfy hoodies to pop on if the need arises. Our online order department are ready for your orders!

What does it say on your back?

In your lunch hour, (yes an hour – in fact probably 45 minutes should do it, because we know you didn’t start dead on 9 o’clock) we would love for you to do a short ‘HighJack’ video telling us what you are up to, where you are and what you are wearing. It can be as mad and silly as you like. Chief 'working from home' advisors say you must let your hair down sometimes. At the very least this will get you moving and warm you up a bit, and cheer up anyone who follows us on social media! It could be you like to work in a special nook at home (we know someone who likes to work in her bathroom – lighting is good allegedly), so tell us about it! Or if you are shy you could just send us a silly photo of you wearing JackSpeak! Let's see just how creative you lot are!

In all seriousness, we truly hope you all stay well and fit, we know we will deal with the current Corona virus outbreak in true British style. Be assured we are even more stringent in our cleaning of all surfaces in the shop, and will continue to do so. Help each other if you can, be kind, and if anyone is really poorly and needs anything and we live close to you, give us a shout, we can bring supplies if required and a yarn or two, from a distance of course.

The Beginning

The team at JackSpeak HQ are very good at thinking. They love nothing more than sitting around a big table, thinking big thoughts and coming up with BIG ideas. And so early in 2019 Nick Shillabeer of JackSpeak and Laurance Traverso of Distinctly Drinks sat down together over coffee to discuss the idea of a naval heritage drink.

Laurance had been toying with the idea of a Caribbean blended rum, cut with Devon Water for a couple of years but he just needed the right branding and design. Nick had just the thing: the Jack Speak Brand. Both thought rum would be a fantastic addition so they investigated (thinking hard) some more…

The Middle

Delegated with an unbelievably tough job; well someone had to do it, Laurance traipsed out to the Caribbean to speak to some local distillers. A difficult task, but he eventually narrowed down the choices to just four rums on which he worked his magic.

Nick in the meantime (still in Dartmouth) had come up with some beautiful designs (some more Piratey than others) and launched the "Rum Made me do it” T-shirts that were going down a storm…RUM was definitely coming.

Laurance brought a small amount of the (top secret – we can’t tell you) blend back with him from Jamaica and got to work spicing the final rum. Working with fruit, spices and natural flavours, Laurance persevered to see what worked, what didn’t and what was the perfect ingredient to finish it. The problem was the rum was so great already he didn’t want to spice it too heavily. With this in mind, the decision was taken to keep the spicing to a minimum and let the rum speak for itself.

Jack Speak Premium Spiced Rum is based on a five year old rum from Jamaica (distilled traditionally with sugar cane using a copper double-retort pot). It is then blended with a further two other 5 year old rums and one non aged rum from the Dominican republic to add a citrus note. Our entire blend is then aged in bourbon barrels to give a beautifully soft rounded drink with traces of burnt caramel and citrus. We then finished the rum back in the UK using hand picked vanilla (plus a couple of secret ingredients 😜) and crystal clear Devon Spring Water. All this is overseen by our master blender Laurance Traverso from Distinctly Drinks.

The End (or also the beginning)

The result is a fabulous sipping rum, which we are incredibly proud of, and which we recently launched. Perfect served with a slice of orange, but also excellent with your favourite mixer. You could even consider having a tot with friends around a big table, to think your big thoughts!

JackSpeak HQ and Laurance really hope you love it as much as they do! Buy on our website or in our shop. Dartmouth Wine Company also stock it, or you can have a tot in many of the pubs around town!

Here at Jack Speak in Dartmouth, we love that our customers feel a part of our little family. Our business was first started to bring a nautical and naval heritage style of apparel to Dartmouth and the market, and when our photo wall map was first thought of, we had no idea that so many of you would want to join in the fun. We get so many super photographs from around the world from you. From Antarctica to the Great Wall of China, Ethiopia to Dartmouth, we have had them from all over.

This got JackSpeak HQ bods a thinking. They quite like to do their thinking on a Monday between 10 and 11am or a Thursday between 3 and 4pm. These seem to be good times for their creative juices to flow, sitting around a big table with lots of paper and pens, normally wearing glasses so that everyone knows they mean business and are in thinking mode. Of course sometimes they go wild on any given day. The Chief Buffer came up with this idea on a Friday, probably because it is known in the office as Friday Funday - Why not take JackSpeak customer engagement to the next level?

The result is a new customer video campaign, called High ‘Jack’!

It’s the same as a high five, incorporated with saying ‘hi’ to the camera, and its all a bit of fun to brighten up the rest of winter and hopefully the rest of the year.

You may be at home or away, but if you are wearing Jack Speak, or drinking JackSpeak Rum, why not send us a short video of you giving us a high five or as we are calling it, a high ‘Jack’!

There are just 4 easy easy steps to your video:

1. High five the camera and say high ‘Jack’ at the start of your video

2. Say who you are.

3. Say where you are and give us a a quick spin around of the view.

4. Say what you are wearing or show us how you are drinking your rum.

5. Then give us a high ‘Jack’ to finish!

It’s easy, free and fun! Enjoy yourself, add in a message, or perhaps your favourite Jack Speak slanguage phrase, but PLEASE do not swear 🙃. Then email or message us with your video. If you share it on your own social media use the hashtag #highjack


JackSpeakRum! Where will you take a bottle?!

In return we will post your video on our social media to let everyone know what you are up to and where our clothing, or rum, has ended up on its travels.

You could be a part of our new campaign which we are launching today, we would really love you all to join in and be a part of it!

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