‘Smuggler’s’ tipple wins top award for Shute drinks firm

Jack Ratt Lugger Rum. Picture: SUBMITTED

Jack Ratt Lugger Rum. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Yo ho ho! Lyme Bay Winery’s Jack Ratt Lugger Rum is now on sale at Waitrose supermarkets

Lyme Bay Winery MD James Lambert. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Lyme Bay Winery MD James Lambert. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Lyme Bay Winery’s new flagship drink - Jack Ratt Lugger Rum - has been crowned a ‘Champion’ at the ‘Taste of the West Awards’.

It has also secured a national listing with Waitrose, launching in stores this month.

Devon’s first spiced rum, produced at the firm’s base near Shute, Axminster, has been recognised by judges as the best in the West, triumphing over scores of South West drinks products to be named ‘Champion’ in the ‘Wine, Spirits and Liqueurs’ category.

Managing Director James Lambert said: “It’s been a wonderful surprise. We’ve known from day one that the Lugger Rum was something special but to win this award in such great company is a real honour.”

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The award comes as Lugger Rum launches into Waitrose supermarkets nationally - hitting shelves in over 150 of its store across the country.

Lyme Bay sales manager, Sara Walters said: “We have established a valued relationship with Waitrose over the past decade, during which time the team there have shown us nothing but the utmost support and enthusiasm for our new ideas and products.”

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** Beer based Jack Rattenbury, nicknamed Rob Roy of the West, was an English smuggler. In 1837 after thirty years at sea as a fisherman, pilot, seaman and smuggler he wrote about his life in a book called Memoirs of a Smuggler.

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