Dark Matter Distillers, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Brothers Jim and John Ewen quit the oil industry to set up Dark Matter. Launched in 2015, at that time it was the only rum being made in Scotland. It is billed as “the taste equivalent of warping into a liquid black hole but without every atom in your body being crushed to an infinitely small point”.

Wester Spirit Co, Glasgow

Glasgow’s first rum distillery in 300 years, Wester Spirit Distillery opened last month. The rum brand was co-founded by Zander Macgregor and Allan Nairn. It promises “earthy tones mixed with high citrus notes and smooth vanilla”.

Moray-based Beach Craft Spirits is a coastal distillery run by husband-and-wife team Lara and David Beach who produce three varieties of small batch rum including sloe and spiced.

NB Distillery in North Berwick, known for its gin and vodka, added a golden rum to its portfolio in September. The company, founded by Steve and Viv Muir in 2013, has also unveiled a light, fruity white rum with a new spiced rum due out this week.

SeaWolf, launched in 2016, is a white rum created by Mike Aikman and Jason Scott, the duo behind Edinburgh bars Bramble, The Last Word and Lucky Liquor Co, and Gavin Ferguson who co-founded Scottish independent wine merchants Vino Wines.

Strathearn Distillery in Methven, Perthshire began making Dunedin Rum – described as having a “bold fruity nose with notes of dark chocolate” – last year.