Scottish rum distillery sells first cask release to raise money for charity

A Scottish distillery has raised over £1000 for charities after selling bottles of their first cask aged rum.

Published 5th Jun 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The first cask aged rum to be released from Dumfriesshire’s Ninefold Distillery has been sold to raise money for charity.

Dumfries and Galloway’s only rum distillery raised £1,725 for The Food Train, and Scotland’s licensed trade charity The BEN, by releasing ten bottles of a one-off blend of aged rums made by the distillery.

Ninefold Distillery has been distilling artisan rum from scratch in Dumfriesshire since 2019, and is the only distillery in the south of Scotland to be making genuine Scottish rum.

The first five casks of rum were laid down in September last year, and included a mix of virgin American oak and ex-Tennessee whiskey barrels.

The blend released for charity included rum from each of these five casks, and was released ahead of a single cask bottling in September.

Dr. Kit Carruthers, owner and head distiller at Ninefold Distillery said “Since I was unable to manufacture hand sanitiser to support our vital health and care workers, I decided to release some of my cask aged rum early and donate all of the proceeds to two amazing Scottish charities.”

The charities

The £1,725 raised from the sale of the ten bottles of aged rum will be divided equally between The Food Train, a Dumfries charity that delivers groceries, among other services, to those who are not able to manage independently; and The Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society (The BEN), who support those in the hospitality and licensed trade in Scotland who are facing hardship.

Kit added: “I am very proud that a fantastic rum community has put their hands in their pockets at this difficult time to support these two charities.

"More than ever our hospitality workers and our most vulnerable need vital support, and I’m glad that I can help in some small way.”

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Currently the distillery makes and sells an unaged pure single rum, with £1 of every bottle sale donated to Refuge.

A spiced rum is in the works, and single cask rums will start to be released from September onwards.

The distillery is one of many Scottish rum makers taking part in the first ever Scottish rum festival, which will now be held online in July.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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