A first – British rum created from scratch near Bude

The Cornish Distilling Co. has just launched the latest additions to its range of genuine British rums, making the distillery the first in Cornwall to be creating British rum from scratch, and only one of a handful of distilleries across the UK to do so. Managing Director and Head Distiller, Tom Read, ferments the molasses derived from sugarcane on-site in Bude, North Cornwall. Having control over the fermentation, although time-consuming, allows the team to have more control over the flavour of the rum.

With the rise in popularity of rum continuing from the strong growth seen in 2017, The Cornish Distilling Co. look to be at the forefront of the British rum revolution, as drink enthusiasts explore the world of rum.  Group Chairman, Richard Harding says, ‘we’re seeing the growth of rum in the British drinks market, and we are excited to support the exposure of British distilled rum across the country, and around the world’.

Work is underway building a new distillery on the site at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village which will allow production to increase by ten-fold to support the projected growth of the distillery. The new distillery will accommodate tours, where members of the public can learn how British rum is made from scratch.

Talking about the new Morvenna Spiced Rum, Head Distiller Tom Read says“Over the past 18 months we have learnt to ferment and distil, fine-tuning the production at every step. I’ve grabbed any spare moment to further refine the production and this is especially true for the spicing. The list of spices, fruits and herbs tested is endless and I’m really happy with the final recipe. Expect notes of lemongrass, cardamon, clove, cacao nib, apricot and saffron.”


  • Mike Bull says:

    Met you at the Cornwall show in Wadebridge. As I like to support local producers and being a Spiced rum fan a bottle was purchased..
    Well, what a beautiful and most appealing drink.!!
    Can you name a local stockist and have you any plans for a nice flavoured Gin ?

  • Jo says:

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for your message, and we are thrilled you enjoyed the spiced rum! If you contact us at sales@genuinebritishrum.com we can send you information about local stockist to you. However, if you are in Bude we are stocked in North Coast Wines in the centre of town. We don’t have any plans for a gin just yet, as we are concentrating on our rums. Warm wishes, Jo

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