Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scotland Launches its First White Rum

     The team behind Edinburgh bar, Bramble has co-created Sea Wolf, the “first” white rum to be distilled in Scotland.   White rum Sea Wolf is first spirit from Boilermaker Drinks Company.   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.   Their plans calls for the production of a full portfolio of Scottish distilled spirits.     The new white rum, Sea Wolf is being made in Angus at Ogilvy Spirits and the first launch by Boilermaker Drinks Company.
     Rum is a massive player in the British cocktail world, but there were very few British brands distilled in Great Britain, thus Sea Wolf 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.”
     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” flavor 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-flavored rum good enough to work well straight and as a base for cocktails.”    A rum that has character, flavor, mouth feel and body can be difficult with an unaged spirit, but Boilermaker Drinks Company believes they have the right formula.
     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, Sea Wolf is bottled at 41% abv. Only 300 bottles will be made available before the end of the year.