The British had a centuries-long tradition of serving rum on board Royal Navy ships. First served to English sailors in Jamaica in 1655, this unique spirit, created for use by His Majesty's armed forces, was a mainstay of British naval life for over 300 years. Over the years, the consumption of rum in the Royal Navy evolved, but remained an important part of the sailor's experience.
By the early 1900s, the ration had been reduced to one-eighth of a pint, and the emphasis was on quality not quantity. The daily ritual: at six bells, the boatswain's whistle signaled "Up Spirits" and the crew assembled for their daily "tot" (as the ration was called). The rum was poured into a special bowl inscribed to the King and tots were dispensed with great ceremony.
The daily ration was suspended on July 31, 1970 - known as Black Tot Day - which was observed with solemnity and sadness as the end of a cherished era. Until recently, the final stores of this special rum have been reserved for important naval and Royal functions. It was last served by the Crown at Prince Andrew's wedding.
Castle Brands owns the final stores of British naval rum, and is tremendously pleased to offer this truly prestigious historical treasure to rum connoisseurs. By special exception, BRNIR is available in its original Imperial gallon containers. Measuring 4.54 liters, the demijohns are handmade ceramic jars, many encased in hand-woven wicker baskets designed to transport well on the high seas.
British Royal Navy Imperial Rum celebrates the spirit of adventure, honor, and bravery on the high seas.