Elixir Distillers reveals Black Tot Rum

Elixir Distillers claims to be turning navy rum on its head with the launch of its latest product.

Black Tot is described as being rich, fruity and unsweetened and it is a marriage of four styles of pot and column still rums from Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica. It has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels and matured 100% in the Caribbean.

Elixir’s rum maker, Oliver Chilton, created Black Tot to showcase the individual character of each country’s rum. The rum is a tribute to July 31 1970 when the British Navy ceased the centuries-old tradition of giving a daily tot of rum to sailors. This day was henceforth known as Black Tot Day.

Ten years ago a parcel of flagons containing the original rum from this era was discovered in London. Elixir purchased these and bottled them as a limited edition in 2011 named Black Tot – The Last Consignment, priced at £650 a bottle.

The new Black Tot is a nod to that last consignment and it has the same core of Caribbean rum, but its flavour profile has been updated for today.

Chilton said: “This rum has been a long time in the making because it needed to be just right in order to pay homage to the story of Black Tot. We created 26 versions of this rum over the last two years and we believe the final recipe is a delicious and complex rum for today’s tastes. It is not an everyday rum but it is a rum for every day!”

Black Tot (rsp: £39.95) will be available from The Whisky Exchange and other select spirits retailers from October.

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