Scratch British Rum has added Patience Rum and Botanical Rum to its range. The latest expressions from the English microdistillery have doubled its offerings.
Botanical Rum spent two years in development and is made using six botanicals sourced in the United Kingdom, which has resulted in a spirit featuring tropical flavors, despite being sourced from British plants. Coming in at 42% ABV, the distillery recommends serving the Rum over ice with tonic water, and garnishing with a slice of orange.
Scratch founder and distiller Doug Miller explained, “We’ve developed a rum that uses native British botanicals – creating a spirit that is a refreshing alternative to a gin. With the spiced rum market oversaturated, we wanted to create a product that was true to our roots as a business – making premium rums using British produce as much as possible.”
Patience Rum is made up of a blend of three-year-old ex-Bourbon casks rum and two-year-old new oak cask rum. The nose features hints of toffee, rich fudge and vanilla. On the palate, a mixture of sweet and spice are imparted through the two barrel types used, with a long sumptuous finish.
Coming in at 42% ABV, Patience Rum is recommended to be sipper neat or to replace Whiksey in cocktails such as a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.
Scratch Botanical Rum is priced at £42 ($55 USD) per 700ml bottle, while Patience Rum is priced at £72 ($95 USD) per 700ml bottle. Both expressions are available to buy online from the Scratch British Rum website.
Rum is currently seeing a revival across Europe and the United Kingdom. Both aged and unaged offerings have seen their popularity soar, while Rum-based cocktails have also seen an increase in popularity. The luxury market has seen particular growth, and just last week, well-known Whiskey broker and independent bottler Cask 88 entered new territory when they announced their new Rum Collection. The new series includes three bottlings: Guyana 20 Year Old, Guyana 21 Year Old, and Nicaragua 19 Year Old. Sale of the new spirits began on Wednesday, August 12.