TLT secures licence for first ever rum distillery on Islay

TLT secures licence for first ever rum distillery on Islay

Stephen McGowan

TLT has helped secure a premises licence for the first ever dedicated rum distillery on the island of Islay. Partner and head of licensing (Scotland), Stephen McGowan, appeared at the Argyll & Bute Licensing Board hearing on 8 September 2022 to secure the licence for Islay Rum – a new distillery that started production in January 2022.

The licence will allow the distillery to facilitate remote orders and despatch the product direct to customers in addition to trade sales, allowing them to reach consumers all over the world.

The distillery started production of its Inaugural Release of 1,200 bottles of Geal White Rum in January 2022 and the first batch was sold out at the launch during the Islay Festival in May 2022. The distillery is already taking orders from all over the world and is now working on the next batch.

Mr McGowan said: “Islay is world famous for its reputation in Scottish spirit and it was a pleasure to represent our clients here, especially with this being the first rum distillery on the island. The licensing board were very supportive and wished them well with the business. The licence was granted unanimously.”

Caroline James, director of Islay Rum, added: “We are very grateful to the licensing board in allowing this licence so we can move to the next stage of our journey and grow the brand across the globe. My thanks to Stephen and TLT their help and representation to secure the licence. Stephen’s knowledge and expertise in the sector were instrumental in guiding us through the process from start to finish and securing this important licence.”

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