Black Tot Master Blender's Reserve 2022


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Black Tot Day 2022 marks the third iteration of our annual Master Blender’s Reserve, an ever-evolving perpetual blend crafted by our Master Blender, Oliver Chilton.

For this year’s blend, we drew inspiration from historical rums in our collection and the unique flavour profiles they exhibited over half a century ago. These rums, since lost in the rum world, were rich with notes of baked banana, dusty chocolate, mocha milkshakes, honey, tobacco, leather, liquorice, and spice. These flavours were mapped out and became our guide.

We began as always with rum drawn from our perpetual blend - our Master Blender’s Reserve from last year, which has been ageing in Sherry casks since last Black Tot Day.

Casks were then selected from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad, that showcased the elements needed to recreate these traditional flavour profiles.

These four unique country blends were then brought together and married with our perpetual reserve and some original British Royal Navy rum, layered and perfectly balanced to bring you Master Blender’s Reserve 2022.

Tasting Notes

From The Producer

  • Nose

    Melted chocolate nibs and toasted hazelnuts are offset against warm orange and cinnamon sticks with a background of mixed tropical juice and cassis. Blackcurrant and raspberry leaf start to come to the fore with time in the glass.

  • Palate

    Initial flavours of milk chocolate and raisins are complimented with café latte and ripe banana. A touch of aniseed balances against a light hint of tropical fruit and a wonderful rich baked Demerara sugar top to a crème caramel.

  • Finish

    Cinnamon and nutmeg spice along with chilli and cocoa linger for an age.


Black Tot Master Blender's Reserve is inspired by the philosophy or Royal Navy rum blending. The 2022 release, like its 2021 predecessor, displays a wonderful range of origins - from Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and our 'perpetual blend' element of last year's 2021 release (finished in Sherry casks) and some original British Royal Navy rum.

  • Guyana


    Guyana historically has been one of the world’s leading producers of molasses and rum, and it was undoubtedly the heart of the Navy Rum blend. Despite the consolidation of its many distilleries, Guyana’s historic stills have survived and continue to make a variety of rich and flavourful rum marques at Demerara Distillers.

  • Barbados


    The birthplace of molasses rum in the Caribbean. Barbados is famous for elegant and balanced blends of pot & column still rum, with notes of tropical fruits, vanilla, and coconut.

  • Jamaica


    Classically a heavier style pot-still rum, Jamaican distilleries like Hampden utilise longer fermentation times, as well as wild yeast strains, and the addition of dunder and muck pits in their molasses ferment to create distinctively big, funky flavours.

  • Trinidad


    Trinidad’s most famous rums have all developed out of distilleries founded in the 1900s, most notably Caroni and Trinidad Distillers. The former made a heavier style column still rum (no longer in operation), and was a core component of the original Navy Rum blend - while the latter is a lighter, cleaner style, and is responsible for continuing the heritage of Trinidad rum today.

  • Perpetual Blend

    Perpetual Blend

    Each year, we keep aside a proportion of our previous year’s limited edition Master Blender’s Reserve blend to use as a base for our next year’s Master Blender’s Reserve. As such, the 2022 release has a proportion of a ‘perpetual reserve’ comprising our 2021 release (finished in Sherry casks) and some original British Royal Navy rum.

Technical Specifications

  • Raw Material

    Raw Material


  • Distillery



  • Distillation


    Guyana column and pot/column, Jamaica column, pot and pot/column, Trinidad column, Barbados pot/column, World pot/column

  • Cask Type

    Cask Type

    Multiple - including perpetual reserve sherry cask finish

  • Maturation


    Tropical & Continental

  • Chill Filtered

    Chill Filtered


  • Blend Composition

    Blend Composition

    A blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and a Perpetual Reserve blend



    0g/L added

  • Bottled



Recycling information

  • Bottle
    Coloured Glass
    Please recycle
  • Capsule
    Tin Capsule
    Please recycle
  • Cork
    Not recyclable
  • Gift Carton
    Paper board
    Please recycle
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