The Isle of Wight Distillery, in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy, have created a true blend of Navy Strength Rum. Launched on 31st July aboard HMS Victory, to coincide with ‘Black Tot Day’.
HMS Victory Rum is a fine blend of aged demerara rum from Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica. Reminiscent of the taste of traditional ‘Rum Tots’ issued on board naval ships. The rum has been refined and rested in oak barrels using an oak stave from HMS Victory herself, adding an extra depth of character from the Royal Navy’s most illustrious warship.
The term ‘Navy Strength’ refers to when in the 18th century, the Royal Navy legislated that all Naval ships were to carry a quantity of rum on board for the sailors’ rum tot rations. All spirits on board ship had to be 100° proof (the English standard of the day) which equates to 57% ABV.
“We are really pleased to launch HMS Victory Rum after working on the recipe for the last couple of years. After the success of our HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin and our working partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, it seemed like a natural progression. To launch on Black Tot Day is a fitting tribute.” commented Xavier Baker, co-founder of The Isle of Wight Distillery.
Black Tot Day marks the anniversary of when a 300-year-plus Royal Naval tradition came to an end. Until 1970, Royal Navy vessels would call all sailors to report to deck at noon and receive their daily 70ml ‘tot’, or shot, of rum.
But on July 31 1970, British sailors were issued with their final ‘rum ration’ and the popular ‘tot’ tradition came to an end. As technologies advanced, the Admiralty Board issued concerns that the traditional tot of rum was not conducive to the “often delicate, machinery and systems on the correct functioning of which people’s lives may depend”.
HMS Victory Navy Strength Rum is available to buy from 3 the Distillery’s online shop and various nationwide stockists, including National Museum of the Royal Navy outlets. A percentage from each bottle sold will go towards the ongoing restoration of HMS Victory, based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.