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Published:  18 June, 2010

It must have been a sad, sad day for Royal Navy sailors when the last rum ration was issued to them on July 31, 1970.

For 300 years it had been tradition aboard the British Royal Navy ships and from then on the final day was to be forever known as Black Tot Day. Since 1970 when HM Customs & Excise sealed the flagons up, the rum has been stored silently in bonded warehouses. Now, forty years later it has been re-launched under the name Black Tot - The Last Consignment. Presented in a bottle sealed with wax in a black walnut box, it has a certificate of authenticity and comes with a traditional copper and silver tot cup. The only thing that differs since the 1970s, is the rather hefty inflationary rrp of £600.

Scuttling into selected Asda stores, is the Church Mouse Falanghina 2008, Puglia, Italy. The aim is to help wine drinkers discover interesting and adventurous wines, without breaking the bank, by having no frills packaging but not scrimping on what's inside. Available through Guy Anderson Wines, sales director Simon Bradbury, says,"We are offering a lot of wine in a simple bottle." Created by winemaker Giorgio Flessati, this wine has delicate aromas of acacia, nuts, lemon citrus and mango. It has a lively palate and good acidity and is the first release of a forthcoming range, rrp £6.98

There is not much more quintessentially English than Sloe Gin.  Enter Hayman's Distillers' Sloe Gin which is made to a long standing secret family recipe. Traditionally sipped as a digestif and as a winter warmer at outside sporting events, today Sloe Gin can still be enjoyed on its own, over ice or as a long drink.  Focusing on raising the profile of its "Gin Family" to highlight the different styles, this new 26% abv sibling is initially being launched in the UK and selected international markets for an rrp of £15.99