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Two Drifters Distillery exceeds £150k crowdfunding target in first 4 hours

Family-run Exeter rum company, Two Drifters Distillery is set for a bright future having just completed a crowdfunding campaign, raising £270k, well past the £150k target.

The new funds will allow the business to grow this year and will include an exciting rebrand in the spring.

Having already secured a clutch of awards including, Food and Drink Devon Gold 2020, Double Gold at the China White, and Spirit Awards 2020, Two Drifters is certainly making itd mark in the drinks sector.

The team do things a little differently when it comes to producing their award-winning rum range. Fermenting 100% molasses and distilling it in their bespoke warehouse near Exeter Airport, all rums are produced with a carbon negative footprint.

Spearheaded by husband and wife, Russ and Gemma Wakeham, the duo set about creating versatile, well-rounded rums that limit their impact on the planet.

The five-strong rum range can be enjoyed simply over ice or used as a base for a number of cocktails. A customer favourite is the highly unique Overproof Pineapple Rum – using their award-winning Spiced Rum recipe and making a 63% rum, they then add pineapple and salted caramel.

The White Rum is made from 100% fermented molasses, twice distilled in pot stills then further distilled in a column still before both are blended together. Full of body and incredibly smooth.

The classic Rum features natural burnt sugar added to their white rum, resulting in a fuller flavour as well as being smooth enough to drink with ice or your favourite mixer.

Another hero product is the Spiced Rum featuring Two Drifters super smooth white rum blended with a signature mixture of spices and natural flavours, notably the star anise flowers that are added 24hrs before filtering and bottling.

And, finally, the Gold Rum, comprising the white rum matured in American oak casks that have been used to store Bourbon or Sherry. The next process blends these rums to create the Gold Rum boasting a glorious aroma and taste that makes for a very special spirit.

Since their inception in September 2019, the group's expansive warehouse now produces over 1,800 bottles per week, which came in useful during the Christmas period when they were selling over 150 bottles per week in John Lewis, restocking twice due to popular demand.