Spirits producer Elixir Distillers has unveiled a new Black Tot expression, which combines four styles of pot and column still rums from Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica.
Bottled at a higher strength of 46.2% ABV, the new “naturally sweet”, unchillfiltered rum has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels and matured solely in the Caribbean.
The expression has been created to showcase the individual character of each country’s rum, which are balanced and blended to offer “multiple layers of flavour”.
According to Elixir Distillers’ rum maker Oliver Chilton, each sip releases the richness of tropical fruits, the sweetness of Caribbean cakes, a lacing of intense espresso and a finish of sweet spices.
The rum is a tribute to Black Tot Day, 31 July, 1970, when the British Navy ceased the centuries-old tradition of giving a daily tot of rum to sailors.
The story of Black Tot rum began ten years ago when a parcel of flagons containing the last of the original rum from this era was discovered in naval victuallers’ yards in London. Elixir Distillers purchased these flagons and bottled them as a limited edition in 2011 named Black Tot – The Last Consignment.
A nod to the Last The Last Consignment, the new Black Tot expression has the same core of Caribbean rum, but its flavour profile has been updated.
Oliver 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 the today’s tastes. It’s not an everyday rum but it is a rum for every day!”
Pictured: Sukhinder Singh and Oliver Chilton of Elixir Distillers