Yesterday was International Rum Day, and what better time for Ian Macleod Distillers to launch their brand-new Smokehead Rum Rebel, Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky, which is finished in rich Caribbean rum casks and comes in new eye-catching bottling.
Smokehead Rum Rebel is a rich, smoky, salty Islay whisky, finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks which creates a “culture colliding carnage and a melding of mouth-watering tastes.” Their words not mine!
Always keen to be a little disruptive, Smokehead’s new release offers rum fans a tantalising twist on normal rums, tempting them over to the Smokehead whisky dark side.
To celebrate International Rum Day, Smokehead have also created a brand-new, bold cocktail that may not be to every rum fan’s taste but is well worth a try. It’s called the Rum Rebel Smokito and offers a somewhat confounding twist on their favourite drink that’s unlike anything they’ve attempted before. The warm dried spices and fruity sweetness win through with Smokehead’s signature extremes of peat and punch.
If you fancy giving it a try yourself, you will need 50ml Smokehead Rum Rebel, 25ml lime juice mixed with 25ml water, 2 teaspoons sugar, fresh mint and a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt.
To prepare, simply add mint and sugar to the glass and stir for two minutes. Then add the lime and water and stir for a further minute until all the sugar has dissolved. You can then add some ice and pour the Smokehead into a highball glass. Sprinkle with a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt and then sit back and savour the taste!
Commenting on the new expression, Smokehead’s Brand Director, Iain Weir 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.
“Like all our Smokehead whiskies, Rum Rebel is not for everyone. This whisky is for the fearless.”
Smokehead Rum Rebel joins the range of Smokehead Original, Smokehead High Voltage and their most recent release Sherry Bomb, which is a smoky Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks.
Priced at £54.99 with an ABV of 46%, Smokehead Rum Rebel is available to buy from www.smokehead.com as well as many UK specialist and online retailers.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Ian Macleod Distillers