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Award-winning Hensol Castle Distillery launched its first rum line, Judge Jenkins, on World Rum Day and our Richard and Nadia volunteer to sample. Life can be hard...
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The UK’s only distillery located within a castle has launched its first line of rum, named after a former resident of the castle itself. Award-winning Hensol Castle Distillery, based in Wales, expanded its range outside the gin market, launching two flavours of ‘Judge Jenkins’ rum on World Rum Day (8th July 2023).

After the continued success of its award-winning gins, Hensol Castle Distillery is entering the rum market with the launch of its new Judge Jenkins range, with two flavours available: Spiced Rum (40% ABV) and Maraschino Cherry Spiced Rum (37.5% ABV). The two new bottles will be available to purchase direct from the Hensol Castle Distillery website.

Judge David Jenkins, after which the new rum is named, was the grandson of Richard Jenkins, who built and resided in Hensol Castle in the late 17th century with his family. Born at Hensol in 1582 and following in the fervent footsteps of his royalist grandfather and father, the Judge was a man of great force and character, gaining the nicknames “Heart of Oak” and “the pillar of the law” in his time.

His story sees him described as a scholar, a gentleman, a man of honour and of discerning taste. His story is mired in revolution and revolt, of imprisonment and hope and it is in the spirit of those things that Hensol Castle Distillery decided to create the Judge Jenkins rums to celebrate his life and all that he accomplished.

Chris Leeke, Managing Director, said, “Judge Jenkins is woven into the tapestry of Hensol Castle’s history and what better way to honour the legend himself than by creating a fiery spirit with his namesake.

Hensol Castle Distillery has the capacity to bottle up to five+ million bottles of spirits per annum. In the relatively short time since the distillery launched in 2019, its own three Hensol Castle gins have won numerous gold medals, including Best in Country at this year’s World Gin Awards plus an additional 15 gold medals won for contract bottling clients in 2023.

Readers of this website may or may not know, but we run Vale Life magazine, the premier lifestyle for the Vale of Glamorgan and we regularly carry out reviews of products and destinations.

Our designer and his girlfriend went along to one of the tastings and they both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

To make the most of the day, they also booked in for one of the Vale Hotel’s very popular afternoon tea.

It made the perfect end to a perfect day and one that they would definitely recommend you book for yourselves.

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