Devon-based Lyme Bay Winery, known for their love of producing exceptional drinks with a dash of history, have launched their latest creation, ‘Lugger Rum’, a Caribbean rum with a full spice profile, the first of its kind in Devon.

Lugger Rum joins Lyme Bay’s founding ‘Jack Ratt’ brand, inspired by a famous local smuggler from the South Devon coast called Jack Rattenbury who smuggled contraband into Lyme Bay using fishing boats called ‘Luggers’. Fast, agile and often painted black, under the cover of darkness these Luggers were almost impossible to catch.

This Caribbean rum is aged in bourbon-charred oak barrels and spiced with nutmeg, orange-peel, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla for a distinctive full-spice profile.

Head Wine-maker Liam Idzikowski says: “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”.

Available now in cases of six with an RRP of £38.50 per 70cl bottle.