We distil genuine British rum from scratch on site in our distillery in Bude, North Cornwall – from fermentation right the way through to bottling. Whereas many other rum distilleries in the UK import rum and blend on site, we are proud to start the process from the beginning in our distillery. By fermenting ourselves, although time consuming, it allows the team to have more control over the flavour of the rum.
The Cornish Distilling Co. is a collaboration between Richard & Fionagh Harding, and Tom Read. After completing his PhD and working as a Lifeguard in Cornwall, Tom began developing his skills as a barista and his interest in cocktails and spirits. Richard and Fionagh were planning on distilling at their site on Norton Barton Artisan Food Village, and were looking for a distiller to work with. Richard, Fionagh and Tom met, and discussed the idea of Tom taking on the distillery to develop a new spirit line.
Tom, began learning and working on distilling rum from scratch with the support of the Hardings. His PhD in biochemistry has stood him in good stead, and the first product release in September 2017 was Kalkar, a Cornish rum and coffee spirit. Kalkar won three gold stars at the Great Taste awards.
After the success of Kalkar, the team moved their attention to the development of the first Cornish-distilled spiced and white rums. Morvenna white and spiced rums where released in June 2018 and have become best sellers in their own right.
The new distillery
As of 2019, work is well underway and nearing completion with the new distillery that will house The Cornish Distilling Co and allow them to increase production ten-fold to meet rising demand. The site at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village is set on the North Cornish coast, just outside of Bude and looks over the Atlantic ocean.