'First' white rum to be distilled in Scotland unveiled by team behind famous Edinburgh bar

A new drinks company created by the team behind Edinburgh bar Bramble has unveiled the 'first' white rum to be distilled in Scotland.   

Published 30th Nov 2016
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

Dubbed SeaWolf it is set to be launched on the 1st of December by Mike Aikman and Jason Scott, the brains behind Bramble and Vino Wines’ co-founder, Gavin Ferguson, who have teamed up to create drinks innovation company, Boilermaker Drinks Co.

Aiming to make rum, Scotland's - and the rest of the UK's - next craft sector, Mike Aikman said:  “Rum is a massive player in the cocktail world. However, when we started looking around for a British brand, we realised that no other white rum is distilled in Scotland and so SeaWolf was born.“We feel that Scottish rum is about to have its time in

“We feel that Scottish rum is about to have its time in the spotlight and we aim to be at the forefront of this.”

Taking its name from the Native American term for killer whales, the new rum is a subtle nod to both Scotland’s naval links with rum importation and the pods of "sea wolves" that are found around Scotland's coastline today.

18-months in the making, the rum will have a limited first run, with only 300 bottles being made available before the end of the year.

Made in Angus at Ogilvy Spirits, the fermentation of the cane molasses – the spirit’s base ingredient - is done at low temperature for four weeks using both rum and champagne yeast - which gives this drink its unusual flavour profile.

Once poured, the team say 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".

“We decided that if we were going to make the first white rum distilled in Scotland, it would be one that would be proudly Scottish…good enough to work well straight and as a base for cocktails,” added Aikman.

“It had to have character, flavour, mouthfeel and body which can be difficult with an unaged spirit but we think we’ve delivered on all aspects. SeaWolf is Boilermaker Drinks Co’s first project but we have aspirations to produce a stable of Scottish spirit products and eventually produce in our own distillery.”

Priced at £29.99, Seawolf will be available online as well as from selected drinks retailers in the capital including Edinburgh Vino stores as well as at Edinburgh bars Bramble, The Last Word and Lucky Liquor Co.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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