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New Black Tot releases mark the day the British Navy waved goodbye to rum rations (US Release)

Known as Black Tot Day, the 31st July marks an historic and, for many, sad day for the British Royal Navy.
It was on this day in 1970 that the long standing tradition of the daily Navy Rum ration was brought to an
end, a tradition that had been in place for over 200 years.

As one of the pioneers of rum blending, the Navy created a ‘world blend’, combining different styles of
rum to create the final tot that the sailors cherished. The Black Tot Rum range, created by independent
bottlers Elixir Distillers, tells this rum creation story, honoring authentic blending techniques of the past
while providing an evolution of Navy Rum for the palates of today. In fact, the Black Tot family includes
real liquid history – a bottling of the actual rum that was left over after the final rations were handed
out, Black Tot Last Consignment.

Black Tot Last Consignment RRP $1000
A piece of liquid history, Black Tot Last Consignment was bottled from antique
stone flagons containing the last stocks of Royal Navy Rum, which had been
untouched for over four decades. Remarkably, after all these years, Black Tot Last
Consignment is still 54.3%, almost exactly the original Navy issuing strength. This
is a historical blend that can never be recreated. Extremely limited quantities are
available in the US.

See here for tasting notes.

Black Tot 50th Anniversary Edition RRP $150
Available from January 2021, Black Tot continues to celebrate the wonderful world of
rum with the launch of a new blend, commemorating 50 years since Black Tot Day – the
day the British Navy were given their final ration of rum. Black Tot 50th Anniversary
Edition has a deep richness of flavour with liquorice sticks, vanilla bean paste, lime and
dark chocolate, deepening to brandy-poached pears . A long and lingering finish results
in a pleasant dryness which entices another sip. Only 5000 bottles of this limited edition
bottling have been produced for the world, with 600 bottles available in the US. It is the
first in a series of annual Navy Strength Black Tot Day releases. Like the original Navy
Rum blend that was continuously developed for almost 200 years, the Black Tot Anniversary blend
promises to add layer upon layer of flavour and complexity with each yearly release.

See here for tasting notes.

Black Tot Finest Caribbean RRP $59.99
Inspired by the tradition of Navy Rum, Black Tot Finest Caribbean is a modern
expression influenced by historic blending techniques. It is the core expression in
the Black Tot range and launched in the US in 2020 where it is now widely
available. It blends rums from the Caribbean countries that would have been the
cornerstones of the rum for the British Navy – Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica – to
create a blend full of tropical, coffee, and chocolate notes.

See here for tasting notes.

The Black Tot range is imported into the US by ImpEx Beverages. Sam Filmus, President and Managing
Director at ImpEx Beverages says: “Whereas the core of our portfolio is world whisky, we’re thrilled to
embark on the Black Tot Rum journey. Carrying some wonderful brands from Elixir Distillers such as Port
Askaig and Single Malts of Scotland, we’re confident that Black Tot will remain a huge success in the
States, as it’s shown time and time again that ImpEx and Elixir’s philosophies align perfectly.

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