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Black Tot Royal Navy Rum is a blended, aged rum in that had been stored for 40 years in stone flagons by the British Royal Navy. The rum is part of the last rum ration served to British Royal Navy sailors on July 31, 1970 when the 300-year old tradition of a daily rum ration, or "tot", ended.
Until recently when 1000 bottles were made available for public sale, Black Tot Royal Navy rum was reserved only at British Royal weddings and State functions.
That's some good stuff
So we all know the story given behind the guys responsible for marketing this rum and to be fair they did well (and made good money!). But, I have been made aware of a different version of events which actually means this isnt technically a navy rum at all. In fact it was found in Germany, boxed up in an used section of an army base! No-body knows where it really came from, who distilled it, what is blended in it or who's it really was...?
The rum itself offers treacle on the nose at first, with dark chocolate, black fruits & nuts. Thick and sweet on the palate, becoming light and oaky before berries, espresso & cacao burst through. Great with a nice fat cigar :-D
Sweet ginger cake and vanilla on the nose, very pleasant. Tropical fruit and sticky ginger cake palette. Harsh finish at first followed by toffee.
I had a lot of flagons at one time, which went towards this blend, and kept one back. So it might not be exactly the same.
The nose is fantastic. A complexity that one might not expect from a Royal Navy rum. It also possesses a great length. Rich, opulent, oaky with a nice gentle burn that belies its 54% ABV.
I can put a couple of earlier reviews straight.
Black Tot claim that the flagons come from bonded warehouses around the UK. The review stating that it was found in Germany, might be true I guess for some, but for many, I can confirm that they did indeed come from bonded warehouses, and in particular one in Wiltshire in the subterranean deep ex-chalk mines.
And with another review saying that single flagons were in your face, high proof dogs lacking complexity isn't the case. Well at least not with mine!!
I now have 6½ bottles to enjoy and am glad that I didn't have to pay the retail price for them! I look at my cabinet and see that I gave Pusser's 15yo the same 8. This is a lot lot better than Pussers 15yo, but when taking price into consideration.......!!
I was surprised to see this suddenly show up at my local Bitters & Bottles, but it had a large number of great reviews, so I thought I should give it a try!
I started by comparing this to the Black Tot 50th Anniversary, which is actually higher rated as of this review. That one had a little more spice and flavor to it, and I personally liked that a bit more. This was interesting too, however.
Smells and tastes of leather, tobacco, tar, charred oak, molasses, blackberries, dark chocolate, licorice, and nuts. This is a fine rum, but a bit dry and not worth $1,000 to me. I recommend getting the 50th Anniversary instead if you can still find it!
The story and history behind it is more of interest than the rum it self. Most places that have it have a shot for $100-200, but it's not an orgasm in a glass. It was made for a bunch of sailors in the 70s.
This one is smooth and has quite a bit of character. I had this one neat over dinner at a restaurant and loved it. Never heard of it, and only tried it off of the bartenders recommendation. After sitting for a while, the taste was still the same. I love when I can find a rum I can slowly sip without the flavor profile changing too drastically. The color of this rum is pretty dark, not too sweet and not too potent.
Quite high in alcohol, the concentrated experience is not very pleasant but a spoon of water helps to bring out the aromas. I tasted iodine and charred wood, wax polish, cocoa. Not worth the price in my opinion, but interesting experience nevertheless.
Really rich and deep molasses flavour, but with a slight dull note which is what drags the over all flavour down.
Nice story and presentation, but not on my immediate purchase list at the price it sells for.
"New York Times editorial featuring Black Tot Royal Navy rum"
"Black Tot Royal Navy rum review by Tim from The Whiskey Exchange"
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