On the 31st of July 1970, a 300-year-old Royal Naval tradition ended at precisely 6 bells in the forenoon watch, when the last rum ration was issued aboard ships of the British Royal Navy; a day to be forever remembered as Black Tot Day.

Forty years on, in 2010, as a mark of respect to this wonderful tradition, Elixir Distillers launched Black Tot Last Consignment a blend of rum made up of the very last remaining stocks of Royal Navy rum that had been discovered in naval warehouses in Dartmouth and Deptford. This historic rum had sat dormant for over 30 years, only seeing the light of day on state occasions and Royal weddings. 

In 2019 Elixir Distillers launched a new, accessible rum that pays homage to the history of naval rum whilst turning the style on its head. Black Tot rum is a blend of some of the finest spirits from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica, creating a modern,  versatile and multi-layered rum that appeals to rum and whisky lovers across all seas.

Black Tot Finest Caribbean Rum

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

COLOR: Bright, yet deep mahogany cut with flashes of ruby.

NOSE: Initial treacle notes precede dark chocolate with super-ripe black fruits, muscovado sugar and walnuts. A drop of water releases notes of black banana, liquorice root, tamarind paste with an exotic edge of balsamic.

PALATE: Starts off thick and sweet, becoming light and oaky before a burst of cassis/crème de mûre then espresso and cacao.

FINISH: Very long with light scented wood, black fruits and cigar tobacco.

40% 3-5 year Guyana pot/column still
35% 5 year Barbados pot/column still
20% unaged Guyana pot/column still
5% 3 year high ester Jamacia pot still

Black Tot Last Consignment

NOSE: Initial treacle notes precede dark chocolate with super-ripe black fruits, muscovado sugar and walnuts. A drop of water releases flavours of black banana, liquorice root and tamarind paste with an exotic edge of balsamic.

PALATE: Starts off thick and sweet with a burst of cassis, black coffee and cacao, leading into a finish of scented wood, forest fruits and cigar tobacco. Truly dark and powerful, with a century of rum-making craft showing in every drop.

FINISH: Very long with light scented wood, black fruits and cigar tobacco.

Black Tot 50th Anniversary

NOSE: We are greeted with cinnamon sticks, sprinkled with nutmeg, toasting in the oven. Then a deep richness, akin to caramel-glazed apple tart, with some citrus elements rolling in. There is also barbecued pineapple and grapefruit zest, balanced by notes of melting chocolate raisins and freshly ground Jamaican blue mountain coffee. With more time, a hint of well-aged spirit emerges, reminiscent of dusty books in a historic library.

PALATE: From the first sip, the palate is almost overrun with the combination of liquorice sticks and vanilla bean paste. As the flavours coat the mouth, lime juice married with 80% cocoa dark chocolate appears, which slowly deepens to brandy-poached pears. A backbone of dried mint and tarragon is married with natural sweetness and a touch of nuttiness, in the form of bananas and walnuts.

FINISH: Long and lingering, with flavours of mint chocolate chip ice cream and soft liquorice, dipped in sherbet. The rich flavours of a whole-milk latte topped with cream dissipate to leave a pleasant dryness, leading to another sip.

Guyana
28% 12 YEAR OLD DEMERARA DISTILLERS SAVALLE COLUMN
27% 9 YEAR OLD DEMERARA DISTILLERS SAVALLE COLUMN
6% 10 YEAR OLD DEMERARA DISTILLERS PORT MOURANT WOODEN POT
0.5% 42 YEAR OLD UITVLUGT PORT MOURANT WOODEN POT

Barbados
15% 11 YEAR OLD FOURSQUARE POT/COLUMN

Trinidad
11% 10 YEAR OLD TRINIDAD DISTILLERS COLUMN
4% 23 YEAR OLD CARONI COLUMN

Drinkhacker – Top 10 Rums of 2021

2021 Gold  World Rum Awards – winner of the style category ‘Pot & Column Still, 11 Years and Older’

Black Tot Master Blenders Reserve

With just 960 bottles available in the U.S., our 2021 edition of Master Blender’s Reserve Caribbean Rum celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the last rum ration given to Australian Navy sailors when serving on British ships.

We took some of last year’s Black Tot 50th Anniversary Rum blend as our base, re-casking it into ex-Sherry butts and barrels, t o which we added layers of fruit-driven flavors using different styles of rum, aged between 9 and 24 years, from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica and Australia; as well as incorporating some of the original British Royal Navy rum blend itself .

We hope this rum brings people together, just as the original did 100 years ago.

‘’Master Blender’s Reserve takes inspiration from the Royal Navy tradition of perpetual blending. For 2021, we have aimed to find a tropical citrus quality that we hope people will be able to share with friends and loved ones around the world.’’
– Oliver Chilton, Head Blender

NOSE: Cinnamon sticks, cooking in brown butter, with nutmeg and cloves. Overripe mangoes and baked bananas, with dusty dark chocolate. More citrus notes build in the glass – satsumas and freshly squeezed navel oranges blend with juicy nectarine and cooked honey. In the background, a dense oily note complements the zesty flavors and merges with herbaceous notes of mint and lemon thyme.

PALATE: At first, a huge hit of concentrated orange and mango juice, with fresh mint and golden brown caster sugar. The sweetness evolves into milk chocolate and salted caramel, while the fruit seems to become denser, bringing in flavors of guava and passion fruit. Another sip brings orange blossom, balanced by runny honey.

FINISH: Clementine and mandarin make up a citrus salad, evolving with a pleasing dryness reminiscent of thyme and oregano. Right at the very end, a hint of diesel oil.

21.1% 11 Year Trinidad
Distillers column stilll

18.5% 10 Year Trinidad
Distillers column still

17.7% 10 Year Foursquare
Barbados pot/column still

14.1% Black Tot 50th Anniversary
pot/column perpetual reserve

13.5% 17 Year Demerara
Distillers Guyana column still

6.7% 14 Year Beenleigh
Australia pot still

5.3% 9 Year Hampden
Jamaica pot still

2.8% 24 Year Trinidad
Distillers column still

0.3% Original Royal Navy Blend
pot/column perpetual reserve

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