31 July 1970 was the end of an era: the day that the Royal Navy stopped the sailors’ daily rum ration, known as Black Tot Day. While the navy no longer issued the ration, it still had some rum – dark, rich, sought-after British naval rum.
For almost 40 years it remained hidden, but in 2009 Black Tot was released. It’s a blend of the remaining flagons of rum from the Royal Naval stores, giving aficionados a chance to try authentic British Navy rum – truly a slice of drinking history.
Tasting NotesFrom Dave Broom
Bright, yet deep mahogany cut with flashes of ruby.
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.
Starts off thick and sweet, becoming light and oaky before a burst of cassis/crème de mûre then espresso and cacao.
Very long with light scented wood, black fruits and cigar tobacco.
Remarkably, after 40 years, Black Tot is 54.3% (94.2° proof), almost exactly original issuing strength.
Terms & Conditions
- entrants must be legally allowed to purchase alcohol in their country of residence to enter
- one entry per person
- only purchases from The Whisky Exchange website are eligible
- purchases of products on the following page are eligible for entry into the draw:
Black Tot Prize Draw Eligible Products
- eligible purchases made between 28 June 2016 and 11.59pm BST on 9 August 2016 will be entered into the draw
- one entrant will win a bottle of Black Tot
- the winner will be notified after 9 August 2016
- no alternative prizes are available
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- Promoter: The Whisky Exchange, Elixir House, London NW10 7SF