Scottish pilot who lost job during pandemic switches to distillation as he starts new brand of Scotch rum with his wife


A Scottish couple who faced an uncertain future due to redundancy during the coronavirus lockdown, have turned to the drink as a way to cope – by launching a new brand of Scotch rum.

Husband and wife team Matt and Becky Hunt turned what could have been a worrying situation by creating an exciting new Scottish micro-distillery.

For Matt, who lost his job when Flybe airline collapsed in March 2020 and was left with no income and little hope of finding a job, co-founder Old Mother Hunt Rum with his wife turned out a lifeline.

The Old Mother Hunt range of rums

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“We have always dreamed of starting our own business, even though the timing could have been better,” says Becky, 31. who trained as a teacher.

“Like many others in lockdown, we struggled to adjust to a different life and had to find a way to continue for ourselves and our two children.

“The desperation of the unknown and the lack of job opportunities had started to take its toll and this is what forced us to take the leap.”

The pair now have expansion plans for their micro rum distillery in Strathaven, which uses only natural ingredients creating a product that has been popular with customers across the UK with a taste they describe as’ raw. , genuine and honest ”.

Becky added, “We wanted to create a concern that would stand the test of time.

“We went through a lot of different ideas, but we kept coming back to the idea of ​​running our own rum distillery.

“The gin market is completely saturated, but rum is one of the fastest growing alcohol sectors in the UK, yet interesting to prepare and full of flavor.”

Currently, the couple composes and grinds pure white rum to produce their range of flavors.

The alcohol is then redistilled on a still made by Matt himself producing five Old Mother Hunt flavored rums: Smokey Oak, Number Seven, Stiff Neck, Signature and Winter Spiced.

Matt, 34, explained that his life now couldn’t be more different than it used to be, saying: “Working with Becky is something we’ve always talked about but never had time for.

“We wanted to create an authentic and fresh spirit without any of the pretensions that can come with the alcohol industry.

“Creating an entire brand on our own has been a challenge, to put it mildly; we’ve been through a pretty steep learning curve in all aspects, but we love every minute of it. “

A combination of the couple’s last name Hunt and a common joke among Becky’s siblings that having children aged 10 over night, Old Mother Hunt has a current capacity of around 500-600 bottles per month.

On a day-to-day basis, Matt is the Chief Distiller and designed the logo and bottle design, while Becky takes care of business, social media, marketing and sales.

Matt confirmed that they had already started working, he said, “Fortunately the popularity of rum has grown as quickly as the need to create it, and we are working hard to make sure we have enough stock. to answer the question. “

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