Launched in 2016, Scratch British Rum focuses on producing spirit, from fermentation to bottling, in its Hertfordshire-based distillery, and will now be available to on-trade venues through distributor Speciality Drinks
The range comprises four expressions: Faithful, Patience, Golden and Botanical.
Faithful is the distillery’s take on Jamaican white rums, made with ‘a long, slow molasses ferment, which helps develop and build a complex flavour profile’. The liquid is then double-pot-distilled, with only the hearts selected to be blended with water and bottled. Expectedly, it’s funky and fruity, with mature notes of apple, pear and banana, followed by liquorice and a bit of clove. On the palate it’s refreshingly zesty, limey, rounded off by flavours of bread crust, cocoa and coffee.
Golden is Scratch’s ‘first love’. It’s a single rum matured in new oak. It shows a similar profile to the white expression, but with added complexity from tropical fruit flavours, caramel, vanilla and toffee.
Patience is instead a blend of a 3yo rum aged in ex-bourbon cask and a 2yo matured in new oak. It’s got a beautifully balanced palate; lots of vanilla, toast, toffee, and spice flavours complemented by a refreshing citrus character and a touch of pineapple.
Meanwhile Botanical, Scratch’s latest release, is the brand’s white rum infused with British plants and herbs. Not the first to be launched in this category, but certainly one where spices and herbs complement rather than overwhelm the fragrant, fruity character of the base rum. A long, bitter and citric finish follows a pleasantly creamy palate with notes of coconut and almonds that pair well with the rum’s blend of botanicals.
The brand is planning a new limited edition, Sloe Rum, in time for Christmas.
42% abv, POA/700ml bottles, Speciality Drinks, specialitydrinks.com