Historic smuggler inspires new spiced rum out of Devon

Lugger Rum bottle

Devon-based Lyme Bay Winery has launched a new spiced rum inspired by a local 18th-century smuggler.

Lugger Rum is made with Caribbean rum that has been aged in ex-bourbon charred oak barrels at the winery in Devon and spiced with nutmeg, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla for a full spice profile. It is bottled at 40% ABV.

The brand is inspired by adventurer Jack Rattenbury who smuggled contraband into Lyme Bay in the 18th century using swift fishing boats called luggers. His name is already used for Lyme Bay Winery’s Jack Ratt range of ciders.

Nicknamed Rob Roy of the West, Jack wrote about his 30 years as a fisherman, pilot, seaman and smuggler in a book, Memoirs of a Smuggler, in 1837.

Managing director James Lambert said: “Given the West Country’s smuggling history, our passion for making the finest, innovative drinks and the growing consumer appetite for aged spirits, spiced rum seemed like the next irresistible challenge for our team of winemakers.”

Head wine-maker Liam Idzikowski added: “With Lugger Rum our aim was to produce a spiced rum that, unlike many commercial spiced rums, isn’t overpowered by vanilla, but instead displays a full profile of spices.

“It was also important to us to tone down the customary sweetness of spiced rum, increasing the product’s versatility as a high-quality spirit for mixers and cocktails.”

The bottle was designed in a collaboration between Lyme Bay Winery and Devon design house Bluesoup. It is intended to convey the spirit of Jack Rattenbury’s secretive and swashbuckling adventures while maintaining the characteristic elegance of Lyme Bay Winery’s products.

Lugger Rum has a trade price of £22.99 per 70cl bottle.

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