The Fynoderee Distillery transports rum to the tower of refuge

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Barrel-aged rum maturing in the Isle of Man historic monument

The Fynoderee Distillery have given their limited edition rum a special journey to reach the Tower of Refuge.  The iconic Manx site is a stone castle built on St Mary’s Isle on the Isle of Man to give shelter to mariners who were wrecked on the treacherous coast.

The barrel-aged Refuge Manx Rum will be a limited-edition organic spirit launching in 2024 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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The rum made a special journey by electric tram, horse tram and tractor.  Barrels were loaded onto the Manx Electric Railway’s Goods Wagon (previously unused for several decades) to Derby Castle Station in Douglas. They were then loaded onto a horse tram pulled by “Torrin” the Clydesdale Trammer who pulled the cargo along the promenade to the War Memorial in Douglas. The rum was then loaded onto a trailer and towed along the causeway to the Tower by tractor where it will rest, maturing in first-fill oak Bourbon casks and absorbing the unique atmosphere of the Manx stone-built tower and the mineral-rich salinity of the sea air, for the next year.

Refuge Manx Rum will be available to purchase from the distillery’s website with a proportion of the sales revenue being donated directly to the charity. In addition, two bottles will be donated to each of the 238 lifeboat stations in the British Isles, to be auctioned to generate further much-needed funds for the RNLI.

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Anyone wishing to continue following the journey of Refuge Manx Rum, including release information, and to find out more about Fynoderee’s Coastal Collection of Spirits, can sign up to receive updates at

Whilst you wait for the “Refuge Manx Rum” to be ready, there is a  ‘Fynoderee Manx Dry Gin – RNLI Edition” also available.




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.

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