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Winchester Distillery Golden Rum is a molasses based golden rum sustainably produced by the Winchester Distillery. The distillery also produces a white rum.
Winchester Distillery is a small, artisanal spirits producer located in the South Downs National Park, just outside of Winchester, England. The distillery was founded by ex software developer Paul Bowler, in 2014, who started out with a small 25 litre still in his garage. The company specialises in produciing high quality spirits using traditional methods, modern energy-saving equipment and using botanicals sourced from the local Hampshire surrounds. The first product launched was Twisted Nose Gin, a gin with Hampshire watercress as one of the botanicals. Today the distillery’s portfoilio has grown to including several other gins including a Navy Strength and the Round Table Gin.
Paul had never been impressed by with rum production methods in the UK and set out to produce rums made to their own, exacting, high production standards. The first rums, and an apple brandy, were launched in summer 2023. Many commercial UK rums are made by blending imported rums from around the world. However; Winchester Distillery Golden Rum is made from scratch in the UK. The rum begins life by “mashing” a high-grade sugarcane molasses (a plentiful by-product of the sugar production). Mashing means that the the molasses undergoes a slow, low temperature fermentation using the distillery’s own mix of carefully selected suitable yeast strains, these bring their own particular naunces, aromas and flavouurs to the end spirit. The resulting liquid is a beer-like alcoholic liquid; it is this which is then distilled to produce the spirit destined to become rum.
For the Winchester Distillery Golden Rum, the fermented mash is distilled in a pot still, which produces a more flavoursome spirit that distilled a column still. The colourless, clear spirit comes off the still at 85% ABV. This richer style of base if perfect base spirit for barrel ageing. It is aged in virgin English oak casks for 6 months which helps to produce a full, rich, complex flavour profile and golden colour. The barrels are sourced from sustainable forests in the north of England to Winchester Distillery’s own specification.
Bottled at 40% ABV without and colouring or sweetening added.
Drink neat, over ice or with your favourite mixer. Perfect with ginger beer and a wedge of lime.