Black Tot 50th Anniversary Rum
The idea for this 50th Anniversary release was not to make a replica of the original naval rum, or copy the new Finest Caribbean bottling, but to create something that sat in between - looking at what would have been in the Royal Navy blend back then while blending something that tasted a bit more modern. The blend centers around the four pillars of Royal Naval rum – the islands of Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad.
The nose presents notes of treacle toffee, vanilla fudge, liquorice sticks and pine needles. The fudgey notes build, followed by roasted bananas. Past the bananas there’s a layer of sweet orchard fruit, with white-wine-poached pears drizzled with a fruity dark-chocolate sauce.
On the palate, toffee leads, with liquorice, menthol and leafy mint hiding underneath. Darker notes rise: tar, barrel char and old oak. The initial sweetness rallies, with salted-caramel chocolate balls, candied orange (singed with a blowtorch) and overripe bananas joined by the treacle toffee of the nose. The finish finds fruit cake, dark chocolate and long-stewed pears fading away to leave tar, squishy bananas and a touch of leafy, anise-y tarragon. Bottled at 54.5% abv.