THE LOST FLAGONS
Our journey with Black Tot began when our founder, Sukhinder Singh, tracked down the last known remnants of the historic Navy Rum blend. After Black Tot Day in 1970, the remaining rum was stored in stone flagons and locked away in the Navy Victualling yards. These flagons, each 1 imperial gallon (4.55L), contained the only true bottling of Navy Rum still in existence. Over the years, these old supply depots were cleared and the flagons made their way around the world, some sought out by sailors missing their daily tot, while others were locked away by private collectors and others who could only guess at the true depth of the historic blend contained within.
After tracking down the surviving flagons across several years, a portion of these flagons were blended together and bottled - with the rum itself coming in at 54.3% ABV - a mere 0.2% shy of the original Navy Issuing Strength. This historical blend was bottled in 2010 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Black Tot Day, and named ‘Black Tot Last Consignment’.
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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...
THE DAY THE RUM DIED
1970 marked the end of the navy rum ration on ‘Black Tot Day'. But eventually, the fate of the last of the liquid crossed our path.