Smokehead whisky releases rum cask-finished expression for International Rum Day


Smokehead Rum Rebel

Ian Macleod Distillers’ Islay single malt whisky brand Smokehead is launching its new Rum Rebel expression, finished in Caribbean rum casks, for International Rum Day on August 16.

Bottled at 46% ABV, the “rich, smoky and salty” whisky has been finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks.

As a toast to International Rum Day, the brand has created a new cocktail, the Smokito, a twist on consumer favourite, the Mojito, with “peat and punch”.

The Smokito
50ml Smokehead Rum Rebel
25ml Lime juice mixed with 25ml water
2 teaspoons Sugar
Fresh mint
Few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt
Add the mint and sugar to a Highball glass and stir for two minutes. Then add the lime and water and stir for a further minute until all the sugar has dissolved. Add ice and pour in the Smokehead. Finish of with sprinkling a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt.

Iain Weir, Smokehead brand director, said: “We are overwhelmed by the boldness of flavour in our new bottling and can’t wait to see our Smokeheads’ reaction.

“When our rich, smoky, salty Islay Smokehead collides with spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks, carnage is inevitable.

“We’re encouraging all our Smokeheads and rum fans alike to stir up a Rum Rebel Smokito and raise their glass high this International Rum Day.”

Smokehead Rum Rebel joins the family of Smokehead Original, Smokehead High Voltage and the latest release Sherry Bomb, a smoky Islay single malt finished in sherry casks.

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