A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
Rebeillion Spiced (RRP £16.99), Black and Blanco (both £15.99) have an abv of 37.5%.
The range is led by Rebellion Spiced, which, according to Toorank, was created to satisfy demand from bartenders for “fuller tasting spiced rums”.
Its spices comprise cloves, bitter orange, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and vanilla.
Black and Blanco are both said to be “premium quality pouring rums” that can “stand up to being used in both cocktails and traditional mixed serves such as with cola or ginger”.
Rebellion’s UK launch will be backed by an on-trade campaign that includes a national cocktail competition and social media support.
Chris Lake, director of sales for Toorank UK said: “Having achieved a successful first 12 months with Sloane’s Gin, we wanted to build on this momentum in developing our own spirits brands by entering into the exciting rum market.
“Whilst the premium end of the market is full of great rums, the Rebellion range has been developed to cater to a growing demand amongst the drinks trade for a return to fuller-tasting quality rums that can be used as an everyday pour.”