Trio of drinks experts create Scotland's first rum

The first ever white rum to be distilled in Scotland is ready to hit the off-trade next month.

Boilermaker Drinks Co has announced the launch of a new rum, which is the first of a range of spirits planned by the Scottish drinks innovation company.

SeaWolf has been created by Mike Aikman and Jason Scott, the duo behind the popular Edinburgh bar Bramble, and also Gavin Ferguson, who co-founded Scottish independent wine merchants, Vino Wines.

The trio formed Boilermaker Drinks 18 months ago, with the ambition of producing a portfolio of Scottish spirits, distilled at their own distillery.

SeaWolf is the first launch from the distillery and it will have a limited first run, with only 300 bottles being made available before the end of the year.

Aikman explained: “Rum is a massive player in the cocktail world. However, when we started looking around for a British brand, we realised that very few brands are distilled here and so SeaWolf was born.

“Unlike gin which we feel is reaching saturation point in the market, British rum is about to have its time in the spotlight and we aim to be at the forefront of this.”

Taking its name from the Native American term for killer whales, the name makes a subtle nod to both Britain’s naval links with rum importation but also the pods of sea wolves that are found dotted around the Scottish coastline today. 

The fermentation of the cane molasses used to make the rum is done at a low temperature for four weeks using both rum and Champagne yeasts, which gives this drink its unusual flavour profile. Once poured, notes of unripe banana and sugar cane give way to tropical fruits on the palate with a faint citrus and spice finish.

“Scotland is not the ideal climate to be making rum in but we love a challenge so we set about developing a full-flavoured rum good enough to work well straight and as a base for cocktails,” said Aikman. “It had to have character, flavour, mouthfeel and body which can be difficult with an unaged spirit but we hope we’ve delivered on all aspects.”

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