The perfect sipping rum! Old Leigh Aged Rum (40% abv) is inspired by Old Leigh’s smuggling past and made from a blend of 3-5 year old rums from The Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The 700ml bottle features stunning artwork by Emma Jones of the Smooth Hound Shark. By choosing Leigh Spirit Co, you are supporting local businesses and the Shark Trust Foundation.
Behold the magic of aged rum, a beverage crafted through time, patience and the wonders of nature. The distilled spirit is thoughtfully aged in oak barrels where the wood and alcohol interact over time, creating an incredible blend of extraordinary aromas.
We take the finest 3-5 year aged rums from the breathtaking shores of The Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and combine them to produce a decadent flavour.
The blend is left to rest, allowing the flavours to meld together. Then with the utmost care, every drop is meticulously filtered to ensure that the unique character of each rum is preserved.
Our 700ml bottle design draws its inspiration from the very essence of adventure – the building blocks that shape our world. Playful yet remarkable, it features a striking cubic centrepiece that exudes an aura of intensity and strength.
The double-sided front label displays an art panel that showcases the Smooth Hound Shark, an astonishing creature that can be found in the Thames estuary around Leigh-on-Sea. As you savour every drop of our exquisite rum, a map of Old Leigh is gradually revealed on the inside of the label, beckoning you to explore the rich history of our coastal town.
Crafted with utmost care and precision, the bottle is more than just a temporary keepsake – it is a treasure that will stand the test of time.
Old Leigh, a historic fishing village in Essex has a colourful and notorious history of smuggling. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the town was a hub for illegal smuggling of goods such as tea, tobacco and most notably, rum. The town’s location on the coast made it a prime spot for smugglers to unload their illicit cargo and distribute it throughout the region.
Smugglers would use a network of secret tunnels and caves, some of which still exist today, to transport goods into and out of the town undetected by the authorities. The smuggling trade brought wealth to some of the town’s residents but it also fueled violence and corruption.
Visitors to the famous seaside town can explore the fascinating history of the town’s smugglers through tours, exhibits and local products, such as our aged rum, which pays tribute to the town’s thrilling past.
With her studio nestled in the heart of South London, Emma Jones is a renowned freelance illustrator whose skillful work spans a range of artistic techniques, from hand-drawn illustrations to printmaking and painting. With a rich background in wildlife conservation and set design, her pieces often reflect a stunning combination of natural history and architecture.
Drawing from her distinctive style, we commissioned Emma to create an exquisite black and white ink illustration of the Smooth Hound Shark for our label. The result of this creative process is an intricate work of art that perfectly complements our other distinguished rums (White and Gold), forming a cohesive trio of exceptional spirits.
Delve deeper into Emma’s amazing work and discover the magic behind her craft: http://www.emmajones.ink/
We are passionately committed to ensuring we leave the planet in a better state than we found it. Reducing, reusing and recycling are key to ensuring a healthier world for all.
We proudly support the Shark Trust, which promotes species protection, fisheries management and responsible trade.
Our dedication to conservation is reflected in the design of our bottles, each bearing striking illustrations of the creatures that call our local estuary home.
Learn more here: https://www.sharktrust.org/
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