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Pepys on Rustins,
This review is from: Rustins Methylated Spirit 250 ml RUSMS250 (Misc.)
This wonderful restorative has a proud heritage. Samuel Johnson once said "If a man is tired of Rustins, he must be completely out of it." And another Samuel - Mr Samuel Pepys himself - thought so highly of the elixir that he buried a flagon of Rustins with his cheese when the Great Fire Of London approached the council estate he was living on at the time. As Pepys' diaries note: "And in the evening Sir W. Penn and I did dig another hole, near the bins, and put our cheap Australian wine in it; and I my Dairylea cheese, as well as a flagon of the delightful meths I obtained from Mr Rustin".
The Lord Mayor of London, when surveying the Great Fire, noted "One could relieve oneself on the flames and it would be out" to which Pepys wittily replied "Ah, but not if one had been guzzling the Rustins!". Unfortunately, the fire continued unabated (as the firemen were on strike). But after the flames eventually subsided, Pepys celebrated by dining on "turkey twizzlers steeped in Rustins" and later noted in his diary "The foolish waitress did pour the Rustins sauce on my fruit and so had to rub one off that had turned purple."