It all began with a ‘what if…?’ moment between our co-founders, brothers Jim and John Ewen.
The question we asked ourselves was: What if we built a rum distillery in Scotland?
Undeterred by hurdles and underwhelmed by support, we went for it. Against the odds – not to mention good sense – we set up and established Scotland’s first rum distillery in 2015.
We distill and create our award-winning signature Spiced Rum alongside a trio of spiced and flavoured rum liqueurs in the small but perfectly-formed Dark Matter distillery in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
Creating a humdrum spiced rum was never the plan, and so we searched the globe for ingredients that could deliver something distinctly different. Our recipe includes freshly-peeled Oriental ginger, Thai green peppercorns, Indonesian long pepper and South American allspice berries which intermix to give our signature spirit an explosive flavour profile.
We bash, crush, smash (amongst other methods) all these spices to open up the maximum amount of flavour in every batch.