Spicing it up in Angus

AN Angus-based spirits maker has become the latest to introduce a little Scottish flavour to the rum category with the launch of a new spiced rum.

Redcastle Spirits was launched last year by business partners Fiona Walsh, who has worked with several brands in the drinks industry, and John Anderson, owner of Redcastle Brewery.

Its first spirit, Redcastle Gin, was introduced last year and has now been joined by Redcastle Spiced Rum, which blends Scottish-made spirit with aged rum imported from the Caribbean.

Redcastle is promoting the spiced rum as ideal for pairing with cola or ginger beer, as well as served neat or over ice.

Walsh said: “We had a lot of fun exploring the different options available to us. As with everything we do at Redcastle Spirits, we weren’t prepared to rush it to market and compromise on the flavour so we took our time to make it perfect.”

In developing the new product, Redcastle claims to have discovered a historic tie between the Angus region and the rum trade.

The company claims the Carmyllie area was, at one time, a haven for rum smuggling.

“It has been a wonderful story for us to learn about and has made us feel as if we are bringing rum back home to the area, albeit this time completely legally,” said Walsh.