We distil genuine British rum from scratch on site in our distillery in Bude, North Cornwall – from fermentation through to bottling. Where as many other rum distilleries in the UK import rum and blend on site, we are proud to being 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. Managing Director and Head Distiller, Tom Read, ferments the molasses derived from sugarcane on-site.
Where we began…
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.