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Cabal rum unites explorers and scientists in a new era of discovery

Posted: 19th October 2021

As the new official partner of the Explorers Club Great Britain and Ireland Chapter, Cabal rum continues its pioneering approach of bringing together like-minded people to create incredible results.


Together, Cabal and The Explorers Club will be hosting a wide range of events and strategic exploration initiatives, starting with a special evening event on board HQS Wellington in London on 27th November, with the aim of promoting the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.


Claire Kinloch, CEO of Edinburgh based Harpalion Spirits, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with such an inspiring partner as part of our overarching strategy. Cabal rum has been built on an ethos of truth, taste and togetherness, with collaboration and exploration wholly embedded in our product development process and we have the utmost respect for the legacy of the rum industry and the environment in which we operate. The partnership will provide our other partners, customers and consumers with the opportunity to engage, learn and benefit from the work we will do together, adding value to what we collectively strive to offer and contribute to the sector, society and the planet.”


The Great Britain and Ireland Chapter regionally represents the global organisation, The Explorers Club, which was founded in New York City in 1904.  Chapters of The Explorers Club can be found throughout the world creating individual communities of like-minded people from many different disciplines of exploration.


The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by its members.


Patrons in the UK include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Chris Bonington, Rory Golden, Alexandra Shackleton, Felicity Aston, Levison Wood, Rod McDonald, Sir David Kim Hempleman-Adams, Kenton Cool, Alicia Colson and Neville Shulman.


Explorer, author, speaker and chairman of The Explorers Club GB and Ireland Chapter, Mark Wood, said of the partnership: “We’re really excited to be working with Cabal and the team. They have shown a real understanding of what The Explorers Club is about and what it is trying to achieve. We are really looking forward to working with such an enthusiastic, passionate, committed and engaged team to help us raise awareness and promote the incredible endeavours the Explorers Club.”


About Cabal 

Cabal No.1513, which was officially launched in May 2021, is created using a combination of pot and column distillation techniques with rums from prominent distilleries in Guatemala, Guyana, Trinidad, Panama and the Caribbean, tropically aged at origin. The liquid is then finished in Pedro Ximénez casks in Speyside, creating a unique, complex, yet smooth taste profile.


Bottled at 43% ABV, Cabal No.1513 is non-chill filtered, and there is no added colouring, flavour or sugar, leaving a high-quality, natural rum.


Cabal No.1513 was awarded gold in the super premium golden rum category at the recent Spirits Business Global Spirits Masters 2021 and a silver at the DBSB Autumn Tasting.


There’s a unique ingredient in Cabal, People. To create its liquid, Cabal brings together whisky drinkers, spirit lovers, rum champions, liquid specialists, trade experts, and literally the couple next door, to experiment and sample until the perfect result is achieved.


The people who make up ‘the Cabal’ want to feel connected, to be involved, to experiment and to contribute. It’s this likeminded spirit that sets Cabal and all of its expressions apart.


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Cabal No.1513 is distributed in the UK through bbb drinks and is available to both on-trade and off-trade outlets and online platforms across the UK. Export will also be a key channel and Gold Medal Marketing in Alberta, Canada, has already been appointed as a regional distributor.


Harpalion Spirits  


Cabal is a Harpalion Spirits brand. Founded by two entrepreneurs passionate about the complexity, creativity and integrity that surrounds rum and its taste, Harpalion Spirits is wholeheartedly committed to using consumer insight to create its liquid, brand, story and future, with more than 200 people involved in the Cabal journey so far.


The company, head quartered in Edinburgh, is backed by entrepreneur Richard Dixon, Chairman and led by CEO Claire Kinloch, also CEO of strategy consultancy, Genoa Black.

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