Ian Macleod Distillers Launches Smokehead Rum Rebel, An Islay Single Malt Whisky Finished In Caribbean Rum Casks

Smokehead Rum Rebel

Just in time for International Rum Day (August 16), Ian Macleod Distillers has unveiled Smokehead Rum Rebel. The Islay single malt Whisky was finished in Caribbean Rum casks.

The Islay Whisky brand hopes to attract rum drinkers to the Scotch Whisky category with the new bottling. Only 1,500 cases are expected to be released in the first go round.

Ian Weir, Smokehead brand director, said: “We are overwhelmed by the boldness of flavour in our new bottling and can’t wait to see our Smokeheads’ reaction. When our rich, salty Islay Smokehead collides with spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks, carnage is inevitable. We’re encouraging all our Smokeheads and rum fans alike to stir up a Rum Rebel Smokito and raise their glass high this International Rum Day. Like all our Smokehead whiskies, Rum Rebel is not for everyone. This whisky is for the fearless.”

On International Rum Day, Smokehead brand ambassador Mikey Sim will host an episode of Smokehead TV on the brand’s Instagram and Facebook platforms (@smokeheadwhisky). Sim will taste Rum Rebel during the event and show fans how to create the expression’s signature cocktail, the Smokito, as well as a special Boilermaker serve.

Smokehead Rum Rebel Smokito Cocktail

The Smokito

  • 50ml Smokehead Rum Rebel
  • 25ml lime juice mixed with 25ml water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Fresh mint
  • Few flakes smoked Maldon sea salt

Add mint and sugar to the glass and stir for 2 minutes. Add the lime and water and stir for a further minute until all the sugar has dissolved. Add ice and pour the Smokehead into your highball glass. Sprinkle with a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt and enjoy.

Coming at 46% ABV, Smokehead Rum Rebel will be priced at £54.99 ($72 USD) and will be available to buy from www.smokehead.com as well as many UK specialist and online retailers.


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