On a mission to produce a maverick range of artisan rums, Livingston-based distillers Matugga use
the finest ingredients from Africa, the roots of Jamaica’s rum making traditions and blend them
alongside craftsmanship and distilling techniques that have been finely honed within Scotland.
We are delighted that these experts in artisanal rum production will be hosting a Rum Masterclass
on Thursday 3 rd November as part of the Stirling SpiritFEST.
Created through small-batch copper pot distillation, Matugga rum is ideal for those looking for
greater authenticity and genuine depth of flavour. Their rums are uncompromising on quality and
meticulously crafted from scratch by Head Distiller Paul and Distiller Drew, using only the finest
UK craft rum is a relatively new market and Matugga are re-writing the rulebook as they push the
boundaries of what has gone before. This approach leads to new and exciting rums that offer
surprising flavour and character in every bottle. At the rum masterclass, guests will be able to enjoy
and explore Matugga through a range of unique drams, after sampling a tropical welcome cocktail
With ties to their family’s land in Matugga, Uganda, the busines shares a common desire to support
the livelihoods of sugar cane growers in East Africa. With this at the forefront of their thought
process, they are developing a sugar cane plantation that will employ and train local agricultural
workers. By harvesting cane from their land and converting it into high quality distilling molasses,
Matugga Distillers will also become a genuine “Cane to Cask” rum producer.
Jacine Rutasikwa, co-founder of Matugga Distillers, spoke of her excitement at hosting the
masterclass: “We jumped at the chance to be part of this growing festival and showcase our Scottish
craft rums in what is an exponentially expanding UK rum market. We are really looking forward to
seeing you there!”
To book a place at the rum masterclass, click here: https://stirlingspiritfest.com/event/rum-
To find out more about Matugga distillery and their range of rum products, visit their website:
A full list of events as part of the Stirling SpiritFEST is available here: https://stirlingspiritfest.com/
About Stirling SpiritFEST
Stirling SpiritFEST is a 10-day long festival of Spirits in Stirlingshire. Established in 2012 with the
launch of the first Stirling Whisky Festival followed by the Stirling Gin Festival in 2014. It is a
successful Scottish event management company founded by Cameron and June McCann who own
Stirling Distillery. Their sell out events are attended by guests from all over the globe.
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