‘First’ white rum distilled in Scotland launchesBy Annie Hayes
The team behind renowned Edinburgh bar Bramble has co-created SeaWolf, the “first” white rum to be distilled on Scottish soil, as part of a new spirits venture.
Mike Aikman and Jason Scott have joined forces with Gavin Ferguson, co-founder of Scottish independent wine merchants Vino Wines, to launch Boilermaker Drinks Company – with the ambition of producing a full portfolio of Scottish distilled spirits.
Eighteen months in the making, new white rum SeaWolf – made in Angus at Ogilvy Spirits – is the trio’s first launch.
“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,” said Aikman.
“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.”
The fermentation of the spirit’s base ingredient, cane molasses, is done at low temperature for four weeks using both rum and Champagne yeasts, resulting in an “unusual” flavour profile.
Notes of unripe banana and sugar cane on the nose 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,” added 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.”
The spirit takes its name from the Native American term for killer whales, which are found dotted around the Scottish coastline today.
Set to launch on 1 December 2016, SeaWolf is bottled at 41% abv. Only 300 bottles will be made available before the end of the year at an RRP of £29.99.