Our award winning single cask finished rums are treated with the same level of care that we treat our single malt whisky, using quality casks typically reserved for Scotch Whisky production.

We carefully source quality rum from across the world, before pairing each rum with a series of casks.

The result is small batch, limited edition releases, offering rum enthusiasts a truly unique, premium experience.


AWARD WINNING cask finishing

we examine rum through a wood program that is built with a whisky maker’s mindset.

Our single cask rums are finished in casks each imparting its unique characteristics. We begin with an unfinished reference cask marked ‘REF’. This is our starting point, from which we can trace the impact of each wood used in maturation. 

Some rums we find are tasty the way they are. If we can’t add anything to a rum by finishing it in a cask, we won’t. We’ll share these as we find them, for the delight of rum lovers seeking something extraordinary.


Sherry casks are commonly used in maturation of whiskies to impart juicy red fruits and warming spices notes. Not one shoe fits all, to find differences in this space we can change which type of sherry cask we use; Pedro Ximenez, Olorosso, Palo Cortado.

Red wine casks are typically rich in tannins. Tannins impart a bitter, dry character, and can pair back our rum’s sweetness. These casks also have the rich red fruit characters of the wines they previously contained, adding rich, dark flavours.
Ungrogged is an archaic term for a barrel that is fresh from the cooperage and has not been used for any maturation before. Ungrogged casks enable us to explore the impact of untainted wood on the spirit, without any outside influence from previous liquid.
These three finishes set the rum in three different flavour directions, allowing a deep dive into the impact of maturation.

HM Victualling Yard

Royal Elizabeth Yard was built in 1946 in Kirkliston, West Lothian and was a Royal Naval Victualling Depot. Unit 9, where today we keep our casks, was the former rum store for the fleet’s daily rum ration. The last regulation issue of rum in the Royal Navy took place on Friday 31st July 1970. Ever since that time, Unit 9 has laid empty.

Rum Returns to The Yard

In 2021 Holyrood Distillery returned rum maturation to Elizabeth Yard by importing small parcels of rum sourced from across the rum world. The casks were shipped to Kirkliston before being disgorged and reracked into casks used for our single malt maturation program.

Diamond Distillery - Guyana

Longpond - Jamaica

Caroni - Trinidad

Savanna - Réunion Island

South Pacific - Fiji

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No, Elizabeth Yard is an independent rum bottler. Our rums are distilled by other distilleries, however all cask finishing is conducted by Holyrood Distillery at our Warehouse.
Unfortunately not, our Eizabeth Yard rums are all limited editions, once they’re gone they’re gone. But don’t worry we’re constantly sourcing more delicious rums to release!

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Featuring rums from some of the most prestigious rum producers in the world, Elizabeth Yard is where we geek out on rum, exploring maturation and cask finishes.