Black Tot Rum’s 50th Anniversary Rum

Saturday mornings are made for this - a little rum tasting of Black Tot Rum’s 50th Anniversary Rum, a blend of rums from the four cornerstones of the Royal Navy blend: Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad.


The rum was skilfully blended by Oliver Chilton of Elixir Distillers, and the label in the second image allows you to see every rum component and distilleries that have contributed to this commemorative blend, including those of the original Royal Navy rum and a 42-year-old Port Mourant!


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On the nose you get lots of spice, cinnamon, nutmegs, followed by the warm biscuits that you always get in a Demerara rum. In the subsequent nosing, you can also detect hints of vegetal grassiness, likely from the Hampden Estate component, and also some smoky, savoury, barbecue notes in it.


The real treat is in tasting this rum; there are so many layers of complexity that I don’t even know where to start. The initial notes I got were the demerara sweetness, creamy toffee, milk chocolate, followed by the mildly intense Caronis, spiciness in the middle palate. In the finish you get some bitterness, dark cocoa, vegetal notes, dry, peppermint, but also a candied-apple kind of sweetness that lingers.

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All in all, this was totally worth the wait, and an excellent rum fitting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day!


Your occasional rum addict!

@weixiang_liu

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