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A Voyage of Flavour: Fynoderee Distillery’s Refuge Manx Rum Embarks on a Unique Journey to the Tower of Refuge

The Fynoderee Distillery has unveiled details of its second premium spirit, Refuge Manx Rum, set to launch in 2024. This limited-edition organic rum, aged in first-fill oak Bourbon casks, is currently resting in the iconic Tower of Refuge, adding a maritime twist to its flavour profile.

The journey of this special rum began with a departure from The Fynoderee Distillery, nestled next to the Manx Electric Railway station in Ramsey. The distillery team orchestrated a unique and nostalgic send-off, utilising the Isle of Man’s Victorian transport network. The barrels were loaded onto the Manx Electric Railway’s Goods Wagon, dormant for several decades, and transported to Derby Castle Station in Douglas. From there, a horse tram, pulled by the Clydesdale Trammer “Torrin,” paraded the cargo along the Douglas promenade to the War Memorial.

Embracing the challenge of navigating the causeway to the Tower of Refuge, the rum embarked on its final leg of the journey. Taking advantage of the Equinox low tide, a tractor towed the barrels to the Tower, where they will absorb the unique atmosphere of the Manx stone-built structure and the sea air’s mineral-rich salinity during the maturation process.

While enthusiasts eagerly await the release of Refuge Manx Rum, The Fynoderee Distillery encourages them to enjoy the “Fynoderee Manx Dry Gin – RNLI Edition,” a classic gin with aromatic juniper and a nod to maritime heritage with a touch of sugar kelp—a perfect present for Christmas and a toast to the brave RNLI crew members past and present who have saved lives at sea over the generations.

Refuge Manx Rum, set to be released towards the end of 2024, will not only delight spirits enthusiasts but also contribute to a noble cause. A portion of the sales revenue will be donated directly to the RNLI, supporting their life-saving efforts. Furthermore, two bottles will be donated to each of the 238 lifeboat stations in the British Isles, to be auctioned for additional fundraising.