THE HEART OF THE TOT
The discovery of five casks of 40-year-old Demerara rum, near empty from the angel’s share, led to the limited release of Black Tot Rare Old. Though a single island release, Guyana was considered one of the ‘Hearts of the Tot’ - as Demerara rum had played such an integral role in the original Navy Rum blend. As such it felt fitting to put this rum under the Black Tot moniker. Distilled in 1975, this rum was birthed in the Port Mourant Double Wooden Vat Still, while it was housed at the now lost Uitvlugt distillery. Less than 300 bottles were created of this exceptionally old Guyanese rum, with rumours that a small portion is still resting in a cask somewhere…
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Tales of the Tot
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.
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.