William Grant revamps Wood’s rum design

29th March, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry

William Grant & Sons UK has revealed new premium packaging for Wood’s Old Navy Rum, inspired by the brand’s naval heritage.

William Grant & Sons UK has revamped the packaging for its Wood's Old Navy Rum

William Grant & Sons UK has revamped the packaging for its Wood’s Old Navy Rum

The bottle is now “simpler and sturdier”, with thicker glass and a cork stopper. The recipe remains unchanged.

“After evaluating the brand’s rich history, consumer trends and the dark rum category, we recognised an opportunity for the rejuvenation of Wood’s,” said brand manager, Gwilym Cooke.

“Without straying from the navy history, we wanted more premium packaging to match the quality of the liquid inside the bottle, which hasn’t changed since it was established in 1887.”

Wood’s is distilled from black strap molasses at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana. The blend contains a rum distilled in the only working single wooden pot still in the world.

The Demerara navy rum is said to be the only expression still bottled at 57% abv.

Wood’s Old Navy Rum will start shipping in the new bottle from early April 2016. The product retails at around £25 for a 70cl bottle.

In January 2016, William Grant & Sons named Rita Greenwood as managing director for UK and Ireland.

One Response to “William Grant revamps Wood’s rum design”

  1. Lorraine Hickling says:

    Not only has the bottle changed but so has the taste!!! We have a bottle of the old design and it tastes completely different from the new one. We have been drinking Woods for years as we loved it’s beautiful smooth taste. The new bottle has a bitter whisky taste to it and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. The recipe has changed 100%. It is vile. I am having it checked to see what the difference is as we are being totally misled. I will not be buying the new bottle again.

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