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"There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion."

Lord Byron

Where Do I Start My Rum Education?

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Where Do I Start My Rum Education?

So you’ve decided to be a rum drinker. Maybe you’ve heard it’s the next big thing, or a friend introduced you to something new and delicious, or maybe you were even in a bar (depending on where you are in the world this may feel like a distant memory) and the bartender introduced you to a whole new category. You may have discovered rum through sea monsters and pirates, you may have discovered it through more sophisticated means - whatever your introduction, welcome to the rum world. One of the first questions asked by the rum curious is ‘where do I learn more?’ Click through to find out just that...

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50 Years of Black Tot Day: Recreating the Navy Blend

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50 Years of Black Tot Day: Recreating the Navy Blend

This year we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Black Tot Day, on which the Royal Navy officially brought to an end the 239-year-old tradition of the daily rum ration. The day itself is a bittersweet occasion within the rum lover’s calendar – in one respect, it’s an excuse for rum fanatics and former navy crews to get together and share a dram, on the other hand, it marks the loss of one of the world’s most fascinating rum blends.

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The Black Tot Journal: A Beginner Learns About Colour in Rum

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The Black Tot Journal: A Beginner Learns About Colour in Rum

Want to start learning about rum but have no idea where to begin? Fear not! Our resident rum novice has just began her journey into rum and is happy to share her learnings. First up: colour and rum. What does the colour of a rum mean? Does it really mean anything? Read on to find out...

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Rum is coming for whisky's throne

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Rum is coming for whisky's throne

For many years now, the world of rum has been slowly bubbling away in the background – the passion project of a particularly niche set of Hawaiian-shirt wearing aficionados who for the most part kept themselves to themselves. They were occasionally found in underground dens like Notting Hill’s Trailer Happiness, comfortably changing between daiquiris and Piña Coladas to exceptional neat sippers, all the while exchanging knowing nods of mutual appreciation that they were members of this secret sugarcane spirits society. For just as many years, writers have touted rum as ‘the next big thing!’ only to find these prophetic pronouncements fall upon barren ground with whisky lovers. However, the times they are a changin’.

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