Canada's 'Black Tot Day' - 30th March, 1972

Canada's 'Black Tot Day' - 30th March, 1972
Image courtesy of ReadyAyeReady.com (DND Photo submitted by Cameron May)


4TH MAY 1910 - Daily issue officially begins (with the formation of the Canadian Navy)

30TH MARCH 1972 - Canadian ‘Black Tot Day’


Canada’s Royal Navy was officially established in 1910, and as such inherited the majority of the British Navy’s customs - rum included. Interestingly, some later references to the Canadian Navy blend cite that it was in fact Captain Morgan from… Waterloo, Ontario. If that sounds surprising, it’s worth looking at the backstory of the brand behind this familiar piratical figure. The brand was created by Canadian spirits company, Seagram in 1944 - shortly after they purchased the historic Long Pond distillery in Jamaica.


So were the Canadian Navy enjoying a funkier blend of Navy Rum than their British counterparts? Well, it’s likely that the initial supplies would have been sourced from the British Navy blend, though with Seagram’s based in Canada it would have certainly made more sense to buy local (note that Seagram’s blended rums from many parts of the world, including Guyana, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, all of which may have found their way into the Canadian rum blend).


Take a glimpse of the Canadian Black Tot Day here.

And a possible iteration of Canadian Navy Rum here.


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