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This feels a little washed down compared to how I'd imagine the original to be. It feels safer, with the distinctive characteristics of Jamaican, Guyanese and Barbadian rums cut in half.
Nice on the nose, smooth in the mouth, with a brandy like afterburn, and a long unsweetened, dry, peppery after taste.
Lacks the character I was hoping for. If you can't afford the genuine stuff, just buy Pussers.
Rum tasting with my good old buddy in Hamburg during global lockdown continued onwards with Black Tot 5y. Absolutely nothing links the spectacular black bottle Black Tot 40y with the awful yellow puke color Black Tot 5y than the name. This one has an awful glue smell and taste straight to your taste buds. Awful nasty burn at the end.
This is a fairly solid rum but the problem for me is that it doesn't stand out from the crowd. I found it to be quite sweet but not very unique and i feel that i have tasted this type of rum many times before. Worth a try though.
Kind of smoke, scotch-y (or funky Jamaican rum) notes on the nose up front. The actual taste is significantly milder than the smell, with the guyanese toffee notes and barbadoan smoothness. That said, it still has some bite to it (in contrast to what others have written), it's not as bland as the typical sweet spanish style rum, it definitely has a slight pepperiness and challenge to it. Not an exceptional rum, but a decent compromise for someone looking to step beyond the sweet Spanish style into the wider world of rums.
Mahogany colored with sweet aromas and tobacco
Full flavor taste with initial sweet notes followed by licorice and tobacco with a brandy like afterburn
Comparing this to the Pussers Gunpowder proof Navy Rum - there is no contest.
This beverage has only the name of the navy rum, nothing else. Lack of flavour, body and depth. An overall disappointment, not to be repeated.
This is my first English rum.
Nice gold color. I let us sit a bit with a large ball of ice. Taste was warm with hints of vanilla and a subtle sweetness.
Would love to try their older ones.
These 5 Year old blends have begun popping up near me. For only $55 US, I figured why not. The Trinidad portion has been wisely left out. So this is a smooth blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica. It is bottled in Scotland at 92.4 proof. The Jamaican funk is barely noticeable and the Guyanese portion dominates. Honestly, the Pusser's Gunpowder Proof does a much better job at recreating this rum made for British Navy sailor's daily ration. I still think that either one of these is still better than what was actually served to those poor sailors. Over here is the USA, Black Tot means absolutely nothing to us. And at this price, this rum is actually a pretty good buy. It sure beats the heavily sugared rums from El Dorado.
Update August 27, 2021: With a very strong Hurricane Ida approaching the Louisiana coast, it was time to try another one of my usual experiments. I blended equal parts of Hamilton Demerara 86, Appleton 15 year Black River casks, and The Real McCoy 12 Year special release at higher proof. Granted, these were equal parts of these three critical locations that went into the original Black Tot, but I did not have the patience to figure out the precise percentages for each of my own three rums. And guess what? My on-the-fly blend tasted slightly better that this blend because it does not have a bitter after taste.! So basically, save your money and create your own Black Tot blend from your own collection!!! You will come out better for trying while saving some money! And whatever you come up with will be better than what was really given as daily rations to those poor Royal Navy Sailors. Over here is the USA, we all just cannot understand the European's obsession with Black Tot, which is highly over rated!
Update September 25, 2021: This rum comes in a cylindrical cardboard gift box with a circular metal top. Save this top! It comes in handy for when you are enjoying some of your favorite rums outside in a snifter. This top can be used to cover the opening and keep the bugs away from ruining your drink.
Update November 3, 2021: I found another bottle closer to home, but had to pay another $10 US for it. It is still a good buy, but my first bottle at $55 US was an excellent buy. I then had to do my own blending experiment this afternoon.
Well, not so fast on excellent or good buys! My own blend wound up rating at an 8 and costing only $35!!! This one is 10.2% more ABV than my own blend, but the burn from this one detracts from the flavors that I have come up with today. This leaves me no choice except to dock my rating on this one to a 5, which is my clue to never buy again. So what was my own blend? You will have to dig through the Discussions to find out those details!
First note is the pale yellow color, reminds me of Plantation Trinidad or Guatemala, Mt Gay, or young Jamaican rum. On the nose a mild scent Of Demurra rum maybe Port Mourant, or Versaille still. First sip the Guayana rum comes through instantly, but not intensely, followed by sweet notes. Straight it has a bit more depth and lingers on the pallet.
This is a decent rum, better than Hamilton Navy, or demurra rums, but not worth the north of $60 price tag. I will likely not buy again.
A light golden colour, cinnamon and orange smell with a hint of tobacco. Good flavour with the fire on the the throat.
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