Top 10 Scottish spirits that aren’t Scotch

23rd January, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Dark Matter Rum

Rum may be more commonly associated with the tropical islands of the Caribbean than the rugged British Isles, but in 2015, rum distillation came to Scotland for what was thought to be the first time. Dark Matter Distillers, based in the Aberdeenshire town of Banchory, created its first product – a spiced rum – using imported sugarcane molasses.

Former petroleum economist Jim Ewen, managing director of Dark Matter Distillers, and his brother John, spent two years experimenting with different yeast strains before releasing the product. “We are not a multi-functional distillery – we are 100% designed for rum production,” Jim Ewen said at the time of his distillery’s launch.

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