Sir Ranulph Fiennes launches Great British Rum

Nov 13, 2019by Melita Kiely

British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has partnered with English Spirit to create a rum distilled with different types of wood to add flavour without maturation.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum was made by adding wood varieties hailing from some of the explorer’s adventures – sequoia from Canada, pine from Norway and date palm from Oman – into the still during distillation. The spirit undergoes no further maturation after distillation. The rum is triple-distilled from 100% pure sugarcane molasses. Tasting notes include aromas of orange, caramel and spiced Christmas cake, leading to flavours of tobacco, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, and liquorice on the palate. Available in the UK now, the rum has been bottled at 40% ABV and is priced at RRP £49 (US$63) per bottle. Sir Fiennes said: “Rum has always been associated with exploration and adventure, but I only wanted to work with a distillery that was daring and determined. “When Dr John told me of the world’s doubt that Britain could make a truly great rum, well, that sealed the deal. From that moment, we aimed to tread new ground.” Dr John Walters, master distiller at English Spirit, which runs production sites in Essex and Cornwall, was behind the rum’s creation. He said: "This launch represents a milestone for British rum production. We are putting a marker into the ground that Britain can produce a premium, quality rum and it’s the perfect testament to a legendary British expedition leader.”