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    Devon Rum

    Explore the exquisite taste of Devon based Lyme Bay Winery's rums, carefully aged to perfection in ex-Bourbon, charred oak barrels to attain unparalleled perfection. Discover individual, distinct flavours by sipping them straight or using them as the base of your favourite rum cocktails.
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    Discover Our Award-Winning Rums


    Famously the drink of choice for pirates, in modern times rum is at the heart of many popular cocktails and is increasingly recognised as a complex artisanal spirit to be enjoyed in its own right.

    At Lyme Bay, we take great pride in everything we create, especially our exceptional Devon rum blends. Inspired by the legendary smuggler Jack Rattenbury and the rich history of our winery’s location, our Jack Ratt Lugger Spiced Rum is a true standout in the world of artisanal spirits.

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    Lugger Rum: Devon’s first spiced rum


    Our Lugger Rum pays homage to the infamous smuggler Jack Rattenbury, who operated in the 18th century using fast, agile, and camouflaged fishing boats called “Luggers” to smuggle contraband into Lyme Bay.

    Unlike other spiced rums, our Lugger Rum doesn’t rely on a single overpowering vanilla flavour. Instead, we age Caribbean rum in Bourbon oak barrels and then blend it with a range of spices such as nutmeg, cloves, orange peel, and a hint of vanilla. This results in a full spice profile that delights the palate.

    Our careful ageing and blending process has created an award-winning rum that has won gold awards in the International Spirits Challenge and Food and Drink Devon Awards.

    Enjoy our Lugger Rum any way you prefer! Whether you like it straight or in a cocktail, we have put together a guide to help you get the most out of your Lugger Rum experience.

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    Jack Ratt Lugger Golden Rum 8 Year Old


    Introducing the latest addition to our Jack Ratt family, the Lugger Golden Rum 8-year-old. This exceptional sipping rum is a carefully crafted blend of 8-year-old rums from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Panama. 

    The blend is mostly made up of column-still molasses bases, with the exception of the Dominican Republic Rum, which has a cane juice base, and the Barbados Rum, which uses a combination of column-still and pot-still.

    The Lugger Golden Rum delivers a heady nose of candied tropical fruits leading to a rich palate and a smoky-sweet finish with a lingering touch of vanilla from old Bourbon casks. While it’s perfect for warming you up during the winter, we believe that this stunning rum can be enjoyed any time of the year.

    While new to the range, our Lugger rum has already picked up a silver award at the London Spirits Competition 2023, as well as winning its category ‘Rum: On the Rocks’ at the 2023 People’s Choice Drinks Awards.

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    How is rum made?


    Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented sugarcane molasses or juice. It originated in the West Indies around 1650 and is believed to have been discovered by plantation slaves who fermented and distilled by-products of sugar production, such as molasses, sugarcane juice, and sugarcane honey, to produce alcohol. The origin of the word “rum” is unclear, but many believe it is related to “rumbullion,” a beverage made from boiling sugar cane stalks.

    Dark rums from ex-British colonies like Jamaica, Bermuda, and Barbados are typically made from fermented molasses, while lighter-bodied rums from former French colonies like Martinique and Haiti, known as Rhum Agricole (agricultural rum), are made from sugarcane juice. A third family of rum, called Añejo rum, comes from ex-Spanish colonies like Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

    To produce rum, sugarcane is harvested, cleaned, sliced, and pressed to extract the sugar juice. Fermentation is started by adding water and yeast to the sugar juice, which turns the sugars into alcohol. Distillation follows, where the fermented molasses or sugarcane juice is boiled and the vapours are collected and condensed into liquids, with the alcoholic liquids collected first. 

    Pot stills and column stills are used in rum production, with pot stills being preferred for heavy-bodied rums. The clear rum is then aged in oak casks, usually old Bourbon barrels made from American oak, to gain colour and flavour. Blending is done after ageing, with most rums being blends of light and dark rums of different ages. Charcoal filtration is used to remove the colour from light rums, and caramel is often used to darken the colour of dark rums.

    The Spicy Lugger Cocktail


    Spiced rum is a versatile spirit that is commonly used in cocktails. There are countless options to choose from, ranging from a simple dark and stormy to a spiced twist on a classic mojito. With spiced Lugger Rum, you can experiment and find the perfect cocktail to suit your taste. For those who want to add some excitement to their cocktail-making, the Spicy Lugger cocktail is a great option. This cocktail features a flaming spice mix that adds some flair to the drink.

    To make it, simply follow the instructions in the video below, or find the full recipe, including the method for making the syrup and spice mix, which can be found here.


    The Lyme Bay Winery Story

    Lyme Bay Winery is the home of LBW Drinks. Our small, dedicated drinks company is full of people who are passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wine, Fruit Wine, Cider, Mead, Liqueurs and Spirits from our home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.

    Here we combine our knowledge and love of flavours and ingredients with our wine-making skills to craft award-winning traditional drinks, tailored to the 21st-century palate. Each of these amazing products is fermented, blended and aged, as appropriate, right here at the Winery under the supervision of our experienced team.


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