Caribbean Rum, 'Last Consignment', Black Tot
In 1970, British Parliament decided to end the age-old practice of rum rationing in the Royal Navy and the last official day of rationing, July 31, 1970, became known as “Black Tot Day”—the day the rum died. Anything left of the navy’s rum supply was stored and utilized only for special occasions.
In 2010, Sukhinder Singh purchased the last of the navy’s remaining flagons of rum to create a commemorative blend known as ‘Black Tot Last Consignment’, and years later he followed it up with ‘Black Tot Finest Caribbean Rum’, created to continue the legacy of this rum-blending tradition and introduce it to a wider audience, showcasing some of the best and most historic Caribbean rums still being produced today.
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This is the jewel of the Black Tot brand and the inspiration for everything that comes after. Bottled from antique rum flagons containing the last stocks of Royal Navy Rum, this extremely special and limited vatting has gone untouched for 40 years. The blend is comprised of molasses-based rum distilled in pot and column and sourced from many distilleries. Due to the age and complexity of the blend (continuously blended in wooden vats from the early 1800s through 1970!), the specific breakdown of components has been lost to history. A nose of treacle and walnuts gives way to a burst of cassis, black coffee, and cacao on the palate with a finish of cigar tobacco. 54.3% ABV