The Drinks Lab: Out of Hours Spirit Experiments

The drinks pan strange bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows. Experiment 001. Batch 001

The Start-Up Drinks Lab was established in 2017 by Hannah Fisher and Craig Strachan. Located at a special facility in Port Glasgow, they create their own unique craft drinks and can even concoct them for others. So if you have a drink idea but lack the kit, knowledge, time or experience then they can get it off the ground and into bottles and onto shelves in as little as three months.

About Strange Bedfellows

They have now embarked on small-batch drink experiments, starting on sacred turf indeed by releasing a whisky drink, which may not go down well with the traditional dram drinking crowd.
The drinks pan strange bedfellows

Why? Because it’s actually a mixture of whisky and rum inside a single bottle, rather than say a whisky that has been meditating inside a rum cask for a few years. Some might call this a cocktail.

The drinks pan strange bedfellows

The experiment began by creating a bespoke dark rum to be the perfect bedfellow for a single cask of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

So, what does it taste like?

Both the nose and the tastebuds are confused, but in a good way, by the whisky/rum combination. A smooth and warming drink which has the best of both spirits. That mellowness of whisky and the spicy notes from rum. With ice, this combination is easily sipped, the flavours of whisky and rum lingering in the mouth.

The drinks pan strange bedfellows Buy

The aptly-named “Strange Bedfellows” AKA Experiment 001 (Batch 001) is available to purchase from costing £35.00 (+ £2.99 for delivery to any UK Mainland address). There are a mere 880 bottles (42% ABV) available but if this experiment is a success then we can expect many more to come.

Find out more at the Start-Up Drinks Lab.



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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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