A rum distillery has said they are thrilled to have been recognised in the Great Taste awards after just a year in business.

Goldstone Rum first launched their white rum at the end of 2022 before branching out into newer flavours including ginger and lime and coffee flavoured rum.

Now, husband-and-wife team Georgina and John Bowell say they were thrilled with the amazing feedback that their drink has been given after receiving a one star award from judges.

Georgina said: “We got some amazing feedback from the judges. It’s very humbling in our first year.

“It has exceeded all our expectations. We have had some really, really amazing reviews.”

Based at their distillery in Henfield, Goldstone now offers five different rums including ginger and lime and coffee flavoured offerings alongside their white rum, which was recognised in the Great Taste awards.

The Argus: John and Georgina BowellJohn and Georgina Bowell (Image: Goldstone Rum)

Giving their verdict, the Great Taste judges described the white rum as “a lovely, bright, classically made white rum, with impressive poise and style”.

They added: “The aromas and flavours are pure, natural and not in the least over-sweetened or confected. It's packed with typical muscovado, molasses, dark coffee and toffee notes, each clearly defined.


“Very well produced, with lovely complexity and layers of flavours. The only improvement might be to increase the smoothness of the mouthfeel. But a delicious, warming drink, with great purity of style, which will work perfectly as a base for cocktails.”

Alongside their success at the awards, the white rum has also been selected as one of four finalists at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair awards in the new product of the year category.

Goldstone also previously won a silver medal at the London Spirit Awards.

John and Georgina now say they are looking to create more flavours of their rum in the coming year including an over-proofed rum and a kola nut rum.

The distillery has now also launched distillery tours and a rum school, where groups can make their own customised bottle of rum or gin and take it home with them.