Black Tot Master Blender's Reserve 2023


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For Master Blender’s Reserve 2023 our Master Blender, Oliver Chilton, has looked to create a blend that is closer to the original Navy rum with a heavier mouth feel and rich notes of wood smoke, espresso and cacao. As always, he has looked to put his own spin on the blend, this year including a rum from Grenada, distilled in 1993, to add depth and accentuate a rich orange oil notes from our perpetual reserve.

He began as always with rum drawn from our perpetual blend - our Master Blender’s Reserve from last year. Casks were then selected from Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Grenada. A higher proportion of the Guyana component was included in this year’s Master Blender’s Reserve, the thick liquorice and muscovado in this rum helps recreate the unique flavour profiles they exhibited over half a century ago.

These five unique country blends were then brought together and married with our perpetual reserve, layered and perfectly balanced, to bring you Master Blender’s Reserve 2023.

Tasting Notes

From The Producer

  • Nose

    Cooked blood orange studded with cloves blends with notes of ruby port and cinnamon

  • Palate

    Initially flavours of liquorice sticks, toffee and cherry drops create a rich and full palate with orange marmalade cutting through.

  • Finish

    Rum and raisin toffee and chocolate notes linger in the finish with hints at cinnamon and nutmeg.


Black Tot Master Blender's Reserve is inspired by the philosophy or Royal Navy rum blending. The 2023 release, like its predecessors, displays a wonderful range of origins - from Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and our 'perpetual blend' element of last year's 2022 release 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.

  • Grenada


    This year for the first time we have included a rum from Grenada, distilled in 1993, to add depth and accentuate a rich orange oil notes from our perpetual reserve.

  • Perpetual


    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 2023 release has a proportion of a ‘perpetual reserve’ comprising our 2022 release and some original British Royal Navy rum.

Technical Specifications

  • Raw Material

    Raw Material


  • Distillery



  • Distillation


    Guyana Column, Pot/Column and wooden Pot, Barbados Pot/Column, Jamaica Pot, Trinidad Column and Pot, Grenada Column, World Pot/Column

  • Cask Type

    Cask Type

    American & European Oak

  • Maturation


    Tropical & Continental

  • Chill Filtered

    Chill Filtered


  • Blend Composition

    Blend Composition

    A blend of rums from Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Grenada 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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