Black Tot Last Consignment
On July 31st 1970 a 300 year old Royal Naval tradition ended at precisely 6 bells in the forenoon watch when the last rum ration was issued aboard ships of the British Royal Navy. A day to be forever remembered as Black Tot Day. Original Royal Navy records confirm that the rum used for the rum ration was lost likely imported from the West Indies in oak casks by E.D. & F, Nab & Co, official rum merchants to the Navy since 1784. It was transferred into large oak marrying vats in the historic victualling warehouses of Deptford in east London, Gosport or Devonport from where it was dispatched to British Royal Naval ships.
Bottled by Speciality Drinks, this bottle of Black Tot contains the Last Consignment of the original Royal Naval Rum and was bottled from the original Imperial Gallon Stone Flagons into which it had been filled and sealed under HM Customs and Excise supervision in December 1970.
Speciality Drinks was established in 1999 as the independent bottling arm of The Whisky Exchange, which launched its online retail site the same year. Their first bottlings were under the Single Malts of Scotland label in 2005, followed by the Elements of Islay range and Port Askaig single malt brand in 2006 and 2009, respectively. The company was renamed Elixir Distillers in 2017.
This is presented in a elegant wooden case alongside a Tot cup, a rum ration card and a book about the history of Black Tot written by rum expert, Dave Broom.