Black Tot Caribbean Rum
- Dark Rum
- Caribbean, 700ml
This is a fine Caribbean rum, crafted from a marriage of fruity Barbadian, full-bodied Guyanese and vibrant Jamaican rums. A rich and complex rum, offering flavours of golden syrup, exotic and tropical fruits. A note of coffee and chocolatey mocha comes through on the palate, with butter toffee and oaky spice.
- Distillery: Elixir Distillers - Black Tot
- Type: Dark rum
- Region: Distilled in the Caribbean, bottled in Scotland
- Alcohol: 46.2%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Neat or over ice
Black Tot takes inspiration from 300 years of Navy tradition! A blend of rums from Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana are featured here, with the complex spirit weighing in at 46.2% ABV. The rum is named for 31 July 1970, the day the British Royal Navy discontinued daily rum rations, which is known as Black Tot Day!
"The Lost Flagons - Our journey with Black Tot began when our founder, Sukhinder Singh, tracked down the last known remnants of the historic Navy Rum blend. After Black Tot Day in 1970, the remaining rum was stored in stone flagons and locked away in the Navy Victualling yards. These flagons, each 1 imperial gallon (4.55L), contained the only true bottling of Navy Rum still in existence. Over the years, these old supply depots were cleared and the flagons made their way around the world, some sought out by sailors missing their daily tot, while others were locked away by private collectors and others who could only guess at the true depth of the historic blend contained within.
After tracking down the surviving flagons across several years, a portion of these flagons were blended together and bottled - with the rum itself coming in at 54.3% ABV - a mere 0.2% shy of the original Navy Issuing Strength. This historical blend was bottled in 2010 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Black Tot Day, and named ‘Black Tot Last Consignment’.
A Rum For Today - However, another idea had begun to take hold. Ever since the original release of Last Consignment, with the finite resources of the Navy Rum blend ebbing away forever, Sukhinder Singh and head blender for Elixir Distillers, Oliver Chilton, began discussing what the Navy Rum blend would look like if it were created again today. Over the course of the next 10 years, many discussions and trials were put in place for how the blend could be recreated, or evolved.
And so it was decided a new blend would be created. While honouring time old components of the original Navy Rum, it seemed a fools errand to imitate a blend profile that was crafted over the span of more than 100 years. Instead the focus became to make a blend more catered for the modern palate - and there were many different considerations at play. While the Navy had shied away from Jamaican rum, Sukhinder and Oliver knew that Jamaica would play a pivotal role in adding funk and complexity needed for a new blend. Guyana has always been an integral heart of the tot, and would remain so now. And for the tropical fruit notes, it was decided Barbados rum brought this quality like no other. And so, over the course of two years, 26 different blends were trialled and tasted, until finally Black Tot Finest Caribbean Rum was born.
And where to now? Well, this year is the 50th Anniversary for Black Tot Day, and there is a very special limited edition blend on the horizon. And in the journey to come, our aim to is continue to evolve and develop new blends, just as the Navy used to do.
Long Live the Tot! - Black Tot Day in 1970 ended a relationship between the British Armed Forces and their favourite drink. A relationship that had resulted in the creation of one of the world’s most magnificent blended rums, bringing together spirit from different countries, cultures and traditions to create a rum that was enjoyed by the navy every day. The sailors of the of the time mourned the loss of their rum.
But this loss led to society’s gain, in the discovery of not only the Last Consignment of Navy rum, lying in stone flagons, but also the understanding that it gave us of the Royal Navy’s lost art of blending – it was the inspiration to create Black Tot Finest Caribbean, a rum to be enjoyed by all. For this reason, we celebrate the anniversary of Black Tot Day rather than mourn the loss of the sailors’ tot, and it is why, for this year’s very special anniversary, we have created a navy-strength rum in tribute.
May we never let the Tot die again. Long Live the Tot!" - Black Tot Rum
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