An Introduction to British Rum

British Brand Rum vs a British Scratch Rum

Did you know, on our Sussex doorstep we have a pioneering and multi-award winning British rum called Goldstone Rum?

Winning Silver at The London Spirit Awards, a star from The Great Taste awards and 4.5/5 stars from Difford’s Guide, Goldstone rum is one to add to your list.

Here Steve the barman and Goldstone rum introduce us to the difference between a British Brand Rum vs a British Scratch Rum and Steve goes into detail about sugar cane, molasses and how it is now possible to use these raw materials in the UK. Steve also gives details of some of the major players with European branded rums and how it is now possible to make rum in the UK thanks to ease of shipping.

Goldstone Rum is an example of a British scratch rum made the proper way, using fresh sugar cane juice, jaggery, panela and molasses fermented and distilled in their little Sussex distillery.

The Making of British Scratch Rum

To craft your own rum in the simplest of terms, start by dissolving sugar and molasses in hot water. Allow the mixture to cool to a suitable temperature, then introduce yeast and let the solution ferment. During fermentation, yeast converts the sugar into alcohol, laying the foundation for your rum’s flavour profile.

Once fermentation is complete, it’s time to distill the rum. Heat the fermented liquid in a still, allowing the alcohol to evaporate and separate from the water and other impurities. As the vapour rises, it’s condensed back into liquid form and collected.

Throughout the distillation process, it’s important to monitor the temperature and adjust as needed to ensure optimal extraction of alcohol while minimising undesirable compounds. With patience and attention to detail, you can produce your own homemade rum with unique characteristics and flavours.

Georgina and John Bowell. We interview the owners of Goldstone Rum.

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