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

Lord Byron

SUGARCANE SPIRITS - THE EXTENDED FAMILY OF RUM

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SUGARCANE SPIRITS - THE EXTENDED FAMILY OF RUM

As well as numerous variations of rum seen around the world, there are seemingly countless sugarcane spirits that often get confused in the rum category. Find out more about them in our handy guide.

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

James Lind discovered the effects of citrus fruit on warding off scurvy in 1747, but it wasn’t until almost 50 years later in 1795 that the Navy issued a daily ration of lemon juice to prevent this disease. However, due to prevailing myths surrounding alternative cures, it wouldn’t be until 1928 - and the discovery of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) - that scurvy was fully banished from the fleet.

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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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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SUGAR & SPICE - ARE ALL THINGS NICE?

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SUGAR & SPICE - ARE ALL THINGS NICE?

Do you prefer your rum sweet or dry? Spiced or natural? Understand some of the rum making traditions around the world, and then choose your style accordingly.

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THE LOST FLAGONS

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THE LOST FLAGONS

The last flagons of Royal Navy Rum had to end up somewhere… And this is where our journey with them began. We also found some other interesting remnants from the angel’s share.

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A RUM FOR TODAY

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A RUM FOR TODAY

We wanted to respect the tradition that continues to inspire us, but create something new for the tastes of today - enter, Black Tot Finest Caribbean. And where to next?

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THE HEART OF THE TOT

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THE HEART OF THE TOT

Here's what happened with the discovery of five casks of 40-year-old Demerara rum...

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Long Live the Tot!

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Long Live the Tot!

Black Tot Day in 1970 ended a relationship between the British Armed Forces and their favourite drink and the sailors of the of the time mourned the loss of their rum. But this loss led to society’s gain...

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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

In 2020, we commemorated 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 was a bittersweet occasion within the rum lover’s calendar – in one respect, it was an excuse for rum fanatics and former navy crews to get together and share a dram, on the other hand, it marked the loss of one of the world’s most fascinating rum blends.

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Recreating The Navy Blend: Master Blender's Reserve 2021

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Recreating The Navy Blend: Master Blender's Reserve 2021

On 31st July 1970, the last tots of rum were issued to the Royal Navy – a day forever known as Black Tot Day. In 2020, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this day, our master blender set out to make an exceptional blend inspired, that would become the first of our annual Black Tot Day releases.

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