WELCOME TO MATUGGA
“My mother was a farmer with a passionate connection to our family’s land in Matugga in Uganda. She instilled within me the idea that we have a deep spiritual connection to nature that goes beyond the physical realm.” Paul Rutasikwa, Head Distiller
AFRICAN SOUL, CRAFTED IN SCOTLAND
We've been overwhelmed and humbled by the response to the launch of our artisanal rum distillery in Livingston, Scotland. Now you can help boost our expansion plans by securing your share of a very special limited edition, investing in your very own rum cask and more!
We can think of no better place to craft Matugga Rum – our award-winning series of golden and spiced rums – and to begin such an exciting journey. Our new distillery features two 200-litre copper pot stills and is capable of producing 50,000 litres of handcrafted rum over the next 12 months. That’s 2 million single rum serves! Every batch of spirit that we produce is overseen by Head Distiller Paul Rutasikwa. A chartered civil engineer by profession, his meticulous attention to detail ensures incredible consistency and remarkable results. Indeed, after many years of pursuing his passion for spirit making, Paul has spent the past year perfecting his craft with world-class industry leaders at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
POLE POLE – SIP, SAVOUR, SHARE
The ethos of Matugga Distillers is underpinned by the Swahili saying ‘pole pole’ (pronounced poleh poleh), which means ‘slowly slowly’. We want people to slow down, to take the time to sip and savour our rums, while enjoying the good things in life – like time well spent with family and friends.
ENJOY OUR NEW SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE. MATUGGA RUM MAVUNO 2018
In Swahili, mavuno means ‘harvest’ – an important time in our East African homelands when the fertile farmlands return the investment of a year’s hard work. Matugga Rum MAVUNO 2018 – our inaugural special limited-edition release – will bring the very best of our year of experimentation, and the fruits of our research and development, to those who love atypical flavours, new styles and share our passion for the craft. This year’s harvest marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our story.
ONLY 1,000 BOTTLES AVAILABLE IN THE UK
After many months of careful experimentation, we’ve selected something really special for our inaugural limited-edition release. MAVUNO 2018 is distilled using East African sugar cane molasses and is finished in acacia casks – one of East Africa’s most iconic trees. It’s rewarded us with remarkably complex layers of flavour that will surprise and delight in equal measures. Bottled at 46%, MAVUNO 2018 is non-chill filtered with natural colour and no sugar added.
MAVUNO 2018 showcases our ambition to produce exquisite aromatic spirits that capture the most adventurous and unique flavours of Africa. It’s a carefully crafted rum that can be enjoyed neat, or on ice. Be the first to secure one of just 1,000 handcrafted bottles. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever!
Take a look at our celebratory range of rum rewards on the right, which are available in the UK. All product prices include postage and packaging, and will arrive to you at the end of January 2019. We're also very excited to invite you to take advantage of our brand new rum cask ownership programme. Click here for our Private Cask Ownership Terms and Conditions.
THE FIRST DISTILLERY OF ITS KIND IN THE UK
Long before Matugga Distillers became a reality, we dreamed of bringing the flavours of Africa to an innovative range of exceptional artisan spirits. Drawing inspiration from our Ugandan and Jamaican family heritage, our goal has always been to source the finest produce from our East African homelands while honouring rum’s island roots and exploring the full potential of leading-edge micro-distillery craft. Now we’ve brought it all together in Scotland, a country with hundreds of years of distilling expertise and history.
You can be part of Matugga Distillers’ journey. We invite you to celebrate the launch of our distillery and the expansion of our spirits portfolio. By securing your rum reward you’ll be helping to drive forward our exciting plans for the distillery, ensuring that the promise of our harvest is fulfilled.
Your journey to the heart and soul of Matugga begins here: Sip, Savour, Share, Enjoy!
Thank you for your support.
Paul and Jacine