Royal Navy 1970 Imperial Rum Flagon 1 Gallon
A fantastic piece of distilling and naval history.
Rum has been associated with the Royal Navy since the British fleet captured the island of Jamaica in 1655. The availability of rum led the Navy to swap the daily ration of French brandy with Caribbean rum (calling it a "tot"), which was issued to each sailor at midday. In the 1740s, Admiral Edward Vernon began the practice of diluting the rum with water to minimise the effect of alcohol on the crew, this mixture became known as ‘grog’.
On the 31st of July 1970 - henceforth known as Black Tot Day - the tradition was consigned to the history books and the ration suspended with remaining rations being opened only for special occasion.
Thankfully, small amounts of this fabled spirit have survived and in the decades since, found their way onto the secondary market, such as this one gallon stone flagon, giving you the chance to own a small part of this tradition that has shaped the way many rums are made and enjoyed to this day.
This particular flagon was one of the last to be produced, sealed in December 1970 as indicated by the stamp in the wax seal.
This lot has a 4 bottle shipping fee.