In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here, we have Black Tot’s 50th Anniversary win ‘best rum’ in the wine and spirits category
The inspiration for this anniversary bottle from Black Tot dates to when the British Royal Navy gave a small daily ration of rum, known as a tot, to its sailors. It celebrates the half-century that has elapsed since the empire handed out its last consignment of the spirit. Just 5,000 bottles were produced, using a blend of rums from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad – plus some of Britain’s original, unrationed maritime stock – bottled at a hefty 109 proof to match the strength of what the navy once issued. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla and banana abound, making this a go-to sipper that competes with any other aged brown spirit for complex drinkability.