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Flavor Spotlight: Highlander Grog

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

What exactly is Highlander Grog? Read all about the flavor profile of this wildly popular and unique coffee flavor.

Highlander Grog has moved its way into the Top 10 Best Selling Flavors here at Flavor Waves, specifically in the Midwest region of the United States. This interesting flavor has proven to be a popular choice for coffee roasters looking for something new and exciting for their customers.

Flavor Profile

This flavor has a profile of

-Scotch Whiskey


-Brown Sugar


It is deliciously Creamy and Buttery. The name Highlander Grog perfectly encapsulates the feeling of this flavor. Use this name or rebrand it as your own unique fantasy flavor.

What is the story behind Grog?

The word grog originated in the 17th century in the age of exploration and sea voyages. One problem with long-term expeditions back then is dealing with water purification. After a few weeks, water would often become stale or grow algae. The next best option, beer, would also become sour while stored in wooden casks. Occasionally the crew would mix beer, wine, or brandy to make the water more palatable.

Around 1655 the British Navy, lead by Oliver Cromwell, went to the Caribbean to join France in its war with Spain. During this effort, British forces captured Jamaica. There were many ramifications of this action which included the acquisition of rum. As the wars interrupted the supply of wine and brandy from France and Spain, rum made its way into the sailor’s provisions.

About hundred years later in the 1740s and Vice Admiral Edward, nicknamed “Old Grog” decided to make a change to the beverages on board. He noticed sailors tended to run through rum supplies pretty quickly. One of his decrees was that all rum rations must be mixed with water to increase its longevity.

This order took effect on August 21, 1740, with the precise mixture being two quarts of water with one pint of rum. The concoction was dubbed “grog.” With the added citrus, sailors were also preventing scurvy from plaguing the ships. This practice of serving grog as sailor rations continued all the way to 1970.

There are now hundreds of variations of grog recipes, the taste and flavor has majorly improved to become a delicious alcoholic beverage (and flavor profile) with many ingredient changes, however, the original grog name remains.

Here is an a original grog recipe (curtesy of

-2oz dark rum

-1/2 oz fresh lime juice

-1 tsp brown sugar

-4oz hot water

-Slice of orange/and or cinnamon stick for garnish

Photo: Sailers line up for their grog ration (

Trending Upwards

Highlander Grog is popping up in flavored coffee in a big way. This flavor is gaining traction year after year. Big name brands such as Camerons Coffee, Bones Coffee, and Ronnoco are even adopting this popular flavor to their flavored coffee lineup.

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