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I am so happy that I choose this rum for a New Year celebration. First of all a story about the rum itself:
''The British Navy were the original rum blenders, marrying together flavours from around the world to create something served to every sailor, every day. This bottling, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day, is a tribute to their original blend, bringing together some of the great lost rums of the past with the amazing modern distillates of today. Every cask used has played its part in making a rum that we believe people will want to drink every day.’' - Oliver Chilton, Head Blender
The blend includes following:
28% 12y Demerera Distillers Savalle Column
27% 9y Demerara Distillers Savalle Column
6% 10 y Port Mourant Wooden Pot
0.5% 42y Uitvlugt Port Mourant Wooden still
15 % 11y Foursquare
11% 10y Trinidad Distillers Column
4% 23 y Caroni
8% 9 y Hampden
0.5 % ORIGINAL ROYAL NAVY BLEND 👏
Nose is Caramel glazed apple tart, Citrus, Barbecued Pineapple and grape, balanced by notes of chocolate and raisins.
Palate is Liquorice, vanille, lime cocoa with mint bananas and walnuts.
What an interesting blend 1 of 5000 in total.
Don't have to say much about the blend. Everything is on the bottle.
The nose is dark with sweetness in the background. Molasses is pronounced and the dried fruits (raisins, blueberries). There are aromas of oak, earthy notes, burnt sugar, blueberries, grapes, chocolate, some leather and liquorice. Minimal orange (Barbados). At the beginning it was still musty, after 30 minutes no more (occurs with Demerara). I like especially the blueberries. I can't say how they made it, it's very unique.
The taste starts dark with sweetness, the spice develops more and more. I get the molasses and sweetness of burnt sugar first. Then dried fruits, raisins and blueberries, then chocolate, liquorice and tannins with oak. Ohhh, what a beautiful rum. It's like you are eating a blueberry muffin.
In the finish Hampden shimmers through a bit, together with Barbados (orange, wood, leather).
The finish is spicy, here you can also taste some Barbados rum.
Aftertaste: dark and somewhat sweet, dried fruits, some leather, mint, blueberries, some ester aromas (Hampden)
Conclusion: Hampden is practically non-existent in the nose. Barbados and Hampden play a subordinate role in taste. I like that very much because I like dark navy blends. However, I can imagine that it is not enough for others. Tiger Shark is different, it is less dark and has very good balance. Silver Seal Navy is more fruity and more Jamaica / Barbados-heavy. For me these are more modern navy blends.
I think the Black Tot is well done and I was hoping it would turn out the same way. Would rate this one as my top navy blend with 95 points.
Nose: Molasses, dried fruits (raisins, plums). oak, earthy, burnt sugar, blueberries, grapes, chocolate, some leather and liquorice, orange
Taste initial: molasses, burnt sugar, black tea, dried fruits, raisins and blueberries
Middle: chocolate, liquorice and tannins with oak.
Finish: spice, fruits, orange, wood, leather
Aftertaste: dark and somewhat sweet, dried fruits, some leather, mint, blueberries, some ester aromas (Hampden)
Value (120€): 5/5
On the nose it is pretty much grandma's cake, but it is real complex when tasting it. A great blend of rums, giving you an outstanding taste without a storng burn at the end. The proof is just right. This became one of my favorites. It is worth the higher price.
The Black Tot 50th Anniversary is a blend of nine different rums (see photo) that were allowed to store between 9 and 42 years. Highlights are certainly the small parts of Caroni and the original Royal Navi Rum. The anniversary bottling honors the Black Tot 50 years ago. The blend was bottled without dyes, filtration and in barrel strength of 54.5% alcohol. There are 5000 bottles. The design is timeless and classy. All parts of the blend are listed on the bottle. The wax seal fits into the overall concept.
The rum is heavy and oily in the glass. In the nose, the rum is directly super complexe. The 8% Hampden are immediately there and give the rum the fresh fruity touch. Hampden is so strong in the Nose. But there is also a lot of sweetness and dark chocolate. The high Guyana proportionals are recognizable. But also wood, vanilla and burnt walnuts resonate. Fruity and sweet notes alternate. A touch of mint also resonates. Absolutely fantastic.
On the palate, the rum is incredibly full-bodied and pleasing. Balanced, you forgets that this rum has 54.5%. The alcohol does its job perfectly and pushes the flavors. Chocolate, raisins, candied fruits, vanilla, a touch of cocoa. Again, the 8% Hampden are clearly recognizable. Fermented fruit. On the finish line, the rum becomes even more spicy and the long stored rums join in. Lots of barrel and wood influence. Some liquorice and more nut. The rum stays in the mouth for a long time with typical oaks as well as sweet milk coffee.
The rum is an absolute highlight for me and deserves a medal in my opinion. A perfect blend. Who has the money should buy it. I can clearly recommend. It is not sweet but also not too dry. He is right to the point. Simply delicious. I bought a bottle directly. Thanks for the opportunity to try the rum first.
Der Black Tot 50th Anniversary ist ein Blend aus neun verschiedenen Rums (siehe Foto) welche zwischen 9 und 42 Jahre lagern durften. Highlights sind hierbei sicherlich die kleinen Anteile von Caroni und dem Original Royal Navi Rum. Die Jubiläums- Abfüllung ehrt den Black Tot vor 50 Jahren. Der Blend wurde ohne Farbstoffe, Filtration und in Fassstärke von 54,5% Alkohol abgefüllt. Es gibt 5000 Flaschen. Das Design ist zeitlos und edel. Auf der Flasche sind alle Anteile des Blend genau aufgeführt. Das Wachs Siegel find ich hier super und passt in das Gesamtkonzept.
Der Rum ist im Glas schwer und ölig. In der Nase ist der Rum direkt super komplex. Was auffällt, dass die 8% Hampden sofort klar erkennbar sind und dem Rum die frische fruchtige Note gibt. Aber auch viel Süße und dunkle Schokolade ist dabei. Der hohe Guyana Anteil wird deutlich. Aber auch Holz, Vanille sowie gebrannte Walnüsse schwingen mit. Dabei wechseln sich fruchtige und Süße Noten ab. Auch ein Hauch Minze schwingt mit. Absolut fantastisch.
Am Gaumen ist der Rum unglaublich vollmundig und gefällig. Ausgewogen vergisst man das der Rum 54,5% hat. Der Alkohol macht seinen Job perfekt und pushed die Aromen. Schokolade, Rosinen, kandiertes Obst, Vanille, ein Hauch Kakao. Auch hier sind die 8% Hampden klar erkennbar. Vergorenes Obst. Zum Abgang wird der Rum nochmal würziger und die lange gelagerten Rums machen mit. Viel Fass und Holzeinfluss. Etwas Lakritze und mehr Nuss. Der Rum bleibt lange im Mund mit typischen Eichen sowie süßen Milchkaffee Noten. Wahnsinn.
Der Rum ist für mich ein absolutes Highlight und verdient meiner Meinung nach eine Medaille. Ein perfekter Blend. Wer das Geld hat sollte hier zugreifen. Kann ich klar empfehlen. Er ist nicht süß aber auch nicht zu trocken. Er ist auf den Punkt genau richtig. Einfach lecker. Habe mir direkt eine Flasche gekauft. Danke für die Möglichkeit den Rum zu probieren.
After drinking this rum came to my mind this:After the premiere of Mozart’s opera Die Entführung…austrian emperor Joseph II told to Mozart:Too beautiful for our ears and an awful lot of notes.
The same I feel with this rum. I understand that in this rum are excatly as many tastes as are necessary. But I was able to recognize just few of them,like vanilla,raisins and chocolate. And is dry .
Like Die Entführung is the wonderful opera, Black tot 50th aniversary is great rum but for more experienced rum drinkers.
I am in the process to decide wich rums to bunker while they are still available/accessible/affordable. This is why i asked Vomi for some samples. Since i had only 10cl of this juice ill keep my review short and will update it later. Because this is definitely something i will purchase more than the usual 3 bottles. However i still liked Veliers Tiger Shark more. (Cant wait for their 3rd release...) But this release is anyway a 10.
As others have noted, this blend is amazingly transparent: you can find the "build" printed on the bottle, or on the Black Tot rum website. There are some very old rums in the blend, and a few that don't exist anymore (R.I.P. Caroni), which explains the price.
However, the rare stuff is in miniscule amounts, and it almost seems like a waste to drown it under 55% of pretty common continent-aged Demerara column still. Don't get me wrong, I love Demerara rum; but I think you could take much of the rare stuff out, half the price, and have an almost indistinguishable product. Up my rating if money is no object and you have a very discerning palate; but for most of us, at this price, there are bottlings we'll enjoy just as much or more.
On the other hand, since (as of this writing) Pusser's seems to have moved to pure Demerara instead of a blend, it's pretty tough to find someone trying to make something similar to the British Navy blend. They deserve credit for keeping the style alive, for those of us who enjoy it.
I'm generally not a big fan of dry rums, and this is a bit on the dry side, but I enjoyed it.
Smells and tastes of molasses, oak, spice, licorice, charred sugar, and a hint of tea. Not super to my taste, but not bad at all.
Note - I had a chance to try this side by side with the Black Tot Royal Navy (Last Consignment), and I prefer this one!
Like this bottle alot. The nose is great with candied apple, plums, sweet pipetobacco, tar, black pepper and caramel. The taste is very balanced og considering the vol. a little less explosive then expected. There’s lot’s of caramel, chocolate, black pepper and a bit of wet wood and spices on the lingering finish.
Nose: It starts off with deep aromas of star anise, bay leaf, and maple syrup which then give way to light yet rich fruitiness: prunes, cranberry juice, a touch of orange zest, and sweet star apples. Brief jabs of latex. It has a restrained funk in the form of acetone, warm tobacco, old pineapple chunks, and almost the smell you get from having the windows down at a gasoline station. Curiously, the development is not linear; the spice at the arrival periodically circles back, sometimes leading to layers of sauteed ginger, diluted sesame oil, and turmeric. I can spend such a long time nosing this.
Palate: This rum is two-faced. It hits the ground running, leading with strawberry jam, figs, tamarinds, and a very subtle brine. A mix of tobacco ash and Food for the Gods (a Filipino baked desert made with dates, walnuts, and buttery dough) guide a transition into polished wood, tart pineapple, and steamed saba banana. Then, it momentarily calms down with raisins, light wax, and muscovado before a final spike of bitter cacao nibs and coarsely ground coffee shows up. The mouthfeel has a light oiliness. After a while, more of the fruits take center stage yet are steadily accented by black olives.
Finish: Dry and long; dark chocolate first, followed by banana peels.
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