We love to bring you news from distilleries in Hampshire and this time it’s about rum. Portsmouth Distillery have launched their newly bottled Cinnabar Spiced Rum….a world first in the way that they are distilling the spices with their 1968 White Rum, rather than infusing them.
This makes for a fresher and extremely refined spirit and not too sweet like most of the spiced rums out there. This rum is named after the black and red Cinnabar moth that lives at the distillery. As with all of the Portsmouth Distillery spirits, it is at 41% abv, and as they are situated in a pentagon Fort, and 4+1=5. Delicious!
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“Through years of drinking, collecting and dealing in fine sipping rums, we have developed a clear understanding of what makes a great rum. All this research into what makes good white rum, straight off the still is what has led us to our final production process, ensuring a superior product when aged. It is made using a secret recipe derived from cane products, fermented for a few weeks in the ancient and atmospheric arched casemate, before being double distilled to produce a world-class small batch artisan white rum. Some of this rum is then laid down to age in French Oak barrels in the ancient powder magazines of Fort Cumberland, less than 100m from the sea.”
Distilleries In Hampshire – About Portsmouth Distillery:
Distilleries In Hampshire – Portsmouth Distillery
Building the Dream
Starting a distillery from scratch, as you might imagine, is not an easy task, it requires real commitment and belief in our abilities and our products. Through hard work and dedication, coupled with a passion and meticulous attention to detail we aim give Portsmouth a group of spirits they will be rightly proud of. We have opened our account with two exceptional products: Fort Gin and 1968 white unaged rum.
We were passionate that the Portsmouth distillery had to be somewhere on Portsea Island with history and a heritage (which this historic waterfront island has a plenty), to which we could connect. Fort Cumberland, with it’s obvious history and role in the defence of Portsmouth harbour, and latterly its role in housing the Royal Marine’s Anti-Aircraft Brigade, all struck a chord with our founders, especially two with their naval service and in particular Anti Air Warfare background.
Our future plans include several more products, inspired by our surroundings. We also aim to have a visitors centre in order to welcome in the people of Portsmouth and from further a field, in order to demonstrate first hand our real passion and drive to be the premier distillery on the south coast and beyond.
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