The first rum distillery in Dumfries & Galloway is set to be producing its first spirit by spring next year, having recently been granted planning permission by the Dumfries & Galloway Council.
Ninefold Distillery will produce a variety of rums in a converted traditional stone built farm building near Lockerbie.
Housed on Dormont Estate, Ninefold Distillery is the first distillery in the south of Scotland to distil rum from scratch. The rums will be hand made on site in small batches from molasses, bringing modern distilling techniques to a traditional recipe. Rums for ageing will be casked and stored on site, with a unique ageing technique currently in development.
Dr Kit Carruthers, founder and managing director of Ninefold Distillery, said “Everyone loves rum, whether it’s a Mojito, a rum and cola, or a good sipping rum. Small batch produced rum is set to take off in the same way that gin has, and I’m looking to have Ninefold Distillery and its careffully hand crafted rums put Dumfries & Galloway on the map as a premium rum producer in Scotland.”
The first spirit to be produced will be a premium white rum, perfect for mixing and making cocktails, with rum liqueurs and cask aged dark and golden rums planned for the future. The distillery will complement existing whisky and gin distilleries in the region, marking Dumfries & Galloway as a producer of quality, premium spirits.