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1975 Black Tot 40 Year Old Cask Strength Demerara Rum (700ml)
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- ABV 44.2%
On Friday 31st July 1970, serving seamen of the Royal Navy mustered one last time for the daily issue of rum, a tradition that had begun nearly 240 years earlier in 1731. Nearly fifty years after the end of the Royal Navy rum ration, independent bottlers, 'Elixir Distillers' have launched Black Tot 40 Year Old, a fitting follow up to the original "Last Consignment".Produced in 1975 using the world's only operational Wooden Double pot still, the Port Mourant, a total of six casks were filled resulting in just 606 bottles at 44.2% ABV. Indicative of the molasses based rums that would have been at the heart of the original Naval blend, it is a 100% Demerara style and comes beautifully packaged in a lacquered black box and an impressive heavy set, wax dipped, gold-etched bottle. We have two only available. This exceptionally old, undiluted, all natural expression is the result of incredible spirit, high quality casks and time alone. It will be the jewel in the crown of any collector or enthusiast. Oliver Chilton, manager of Elixir Distillers, creators of the Black Tot rum brand, explains, "Guyana has long been famed for creating 100% demerara rum but for us to acquire casks holding such old liquid from the island is now very rare. Our first Black Tot bottling back in 2011 featured the last of the actual rum served by the British Navy up until 31st July 1970, which was made in a solera system that had been in continuous use for around 50 years. And so the next chapter of the Black Tot story is a unique 40 year old demerara rum paying homage to a unique naval tradition." Notes from the producer... NOSE: Dense liquorice, star anise and fruity black olives roll out of the glass, accompanied by heady cigar smoke and fragrant pine. Warm and ripe citrus fruit – orange and lemon flesh and peel – blends with spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. PALATE: Thick dark treacle and olive brine mix with cherry concentrate and charred oak. The texture is rich and heavy, enveloping your mouth and exploding with intense flavour. More smoke comes through on the palate, mixing with the flavours of plump sultanas, bittersweet raisins and juicy blackcurrants. Notes of liquorice and five spice intertwine with the fruit and smoke. FINISH: The balance between sweet and savoury is extraordinary and keeps developing on the palate, creating a finish that lasts for an age. 44.2% Alc./Vol.