From the Islands of the Caribbean to the Isle of Wight, Mermaid Spiced Rum is now available in John Lewis
Mermaid Spiced Rum launched earlier this month and is now available from John Lewis stores around the UK and online. The 70 cl bottle is also available from the Isle of Wight Distillery from £38.00. Mermaid Spiced Rum makes for a delicious cocktail and can be enjoyed sipping neat over rocks or tastes equally as good on its own.
Mermaid Spiced Rum was launched by the Isle of Wight Distillery and marries Caribbean rums from Trinidad and the Dominican Republic with local fruits and spices from the Isle of Wight. Mermaid Spiced Rum is the second rum in the distillery’s spirits portfolio and is available in two sizes, 70cl and 5cl. Mermaid Spiced Rum is the fifth edition in the Mermaid spirit range, which includes Mermaid Gin, Mermaid Pink Gin and Mermaid Zest Gin, along with Mermaid Salt Vodka.
In keeping with the distillery’s ethos of minimising waste using ethically sourced and wild-foraged ingredients, Mermaid Spiced Rum is produced in harmony with the Island’s coastal elements. The Caribbean rums are infused at the Isle of Wight Distillery with their signature botanical rock samphire, fresh white cherries, apricots, honey from their beehives and black salt from the Island’s coastal flood tides. The rum is gently spiced with local holy grass, cassia and vanilla resulting in a smooth yet complex rum with a hint of sea air, delicate caramel notes and vibrant fruity spice. A tropical island blend made for sipping on island time.
Mermaid Spiced Rum is crafted from a carefully selected blend of sugar cane and molasses from sunny Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, distilled in column stills and aged between 2-5 years in oak bourbon whiskey barrels. The unique spirit was inspired by a long history of Caribbean rums landing on Isle of Wight shores. In 1836, wooden sailing ship the Clarendon was driven ashore to the wild South-West of the Wight in a fierce storm. Voyaging from St Kitts with a cargo of rum, sugar, molasses, coconuts and turtles, the ship and near all of those who sailed in her perished, despite local fishermen’s attempts to save the souls of the shipwrecked. A young woman was washed ashore at her father’s garden in Southsea, inciting stories in local folklore of mermaids returning her home to rest. So great was the disaster that now famed lighthouse St Catherine’s Point was constructed, while the ever-industrious islanders saved, sold and imbibed the rum, and repurposed the ship’s timber for an inn, renamed in its honour.
To honour history and folklore, the Isle of Wight Distillery set to creating a spirit with a character of bravery, courage, Caribbean sunshine and wild coastline.
Xavier Baker, Co-Founder of Mermaid Gin says, ““We are delighted to announce the launch of our Mermaid Spiced Rum and offer a slice of tropical coastal charm. After a good few years of research, we’ve created a rum that encapsulates our Island life. It now feels right as the rum category is growing in popularity, both in households and in bars and restaurants. We hope this new edition will be as well received as the other spirits in our Mermaid portfolio.”
Mermaid Spiced Rum is a full-strength rum presented in a striking black and clear bottle, with golden rum shining through. The bottle design is based on a Mermaid’s tail and mirrors the design of the gin and vodka bottles in the Mermaid spirits range. The plastic-free bottle has been crafted from recyclable glass and features a sustainably sourced natural cork stopper and tamper-proof seal made from corn and potato starch, which composts in food waste recycling within 6-12 weeks. The label on the neck of the bottle is crafted from recyclable, biodegradable paper whilst the bottle is also re-usable and recyclable.
Mermaid Spiced Rum RRP From £38 for 70cl ABV 40%.
Mermaid Spiced Rum RRP £7 for 5 cl ABV 40% (Available from April)