The great explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Explorer

The Inspiration

Ran’s extraordinary life would not have been possible without the support of his crew and his loved ones. During his epic Transglobe Expedition, his friend Oliver Shepard came up with the brilliant idea, that no matter where they were in the world, at 1730 each and every day, they would always find time to toast their friends, families and accomplishments. The ‘17:30 club’ was born and has inspired Sir Ranulph Fiennes Great British Rum.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum, is made in very, small batches production. Triple distilled from 100% pure sugar cane molasses the Rum has an unbeatable rich flavour. It’s distilled three times to help concentrate the flavours of the molasses and strip out the undesirable harsh elements of the alcohol; that’s why it’s such a smooth, refined, high quality spirit.
Officially recognised as the world’s greatest living explorer by the Guinness Book of World Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has lived a life of adventure. He’s won military medals - French Parachute Wings, medals for the Dhofar Campaign and a bravery medal from the Sultan of Oman - and has twice been awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty the Queen.
He’s got honorary degrees from a slew of universities, and kudos from charities for his superhuman fundraising efforts. His exploits have crossed generations, and his never-ending search for more saw him named both Man of the Year (1982) and Oldie of the Year (2004).
Most of us stare at pictures of mountains and marvel at the terrifying beauty of nature. Sir Ranulph Fiennes stares at those mountains and sees a challenge. His name conjures images of a man pushing his body to the absolute limits of what humans can endure as he reaches for the summit of Everest, or crosses the polar caps, or undertakes seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

That’s the spirit of adventure that marks all of Sir Ranulph’s achievements - the endless perseverance, the looking for what’s next. Whether it’s finding the lost city of Ubar in Oman, becoming the oldest Briton to successfully climb Mount Everest - a mountain on which he’d previously suffered a heart attack - or achieving the world record for unsupported northerly polar travel, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has never been one to give up or say no. He's an expert in knowing when to push on and when to throw in the towel, when to listen to his body and when to ignore it. He’s an indomitable, inspiring, invincible human, and one that deserves to be commemorated with an equally fine tradition-defying spirit. Age has not wearied him. Not even his missing frostbitten fingertips, an emergency heart bypass or myriad near-death experiences can dampen the spirit of adventure that beats deep within Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

And in the background are his tireless efforts for charities near and dear to him, raising money Almost £20m for awareness and research into conditions such as cancer and weak hearts. You’ll find Sir Ranulph talking about all this and more around the media and the speaking circuit, awakening the spirit of adventure in all those lucky enough to hear.

Adventures to Date

1967-1970: Jostedalsbreen Glacier Expeditions

1969: The Nile Hovercraft Expedition

1971: The Headless Valley Expedition

1976–78: Greenland: Hayes Peninsula Expedition

1979–82: The Transglobe Expedition

1986: The Unsupported North Pole Canadian Expedition

1990: The Unsupported North Pole Russian Expedition​

1990-1992: The Discovery of the Lost City of Ubar

1992-93: The Unsupported Antarctic Continent Expedition

2000: The Arctic Solo Expedition

2003: Seven marathons in seven days on seven continents

2005 08 & 09: Everest

2007: North Face of the Eiger

2014: The Coldest Journey, an Antarctic plateau through the polar winter

2015: Marathon des Sables

2015-2017: The Global Reach Challenge

Future Adventures

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes Great British Rum

His tireless work deserves a toast. Raise your glass of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum and let’s give thanks for the efforts of this legend.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Great British Rum 70cl

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Great British Rum 70cl

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Great British Rum 70cl

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2nd Edition 70cl Premium bottle of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' Great British Rum. 40% ABV. 

A very British rum suitable for all occasions, including: a hard night's trek across a glacier pursued by polar bears; a jaunt down the Orinoco river; sunning yourself in Omani deserts in search of lost cities; or watching the embers by the fire at midnight.  

What's in the bottle? Molasses fermented then distilled three-times, tango'd with charred woods: mementos of adventurers spanning the globe across decades. All handcrated into a bottle you can rely on to lift your spirits. 

Look for a deep orange, caramel and spiced fruit cake on the nose. Tobacco and vanilla, followed by a mix of milk and dark chocolate, then a final lick of golden liquorice. Ideal sipped neat over ice before bivy-ing up; in any golden rum cocktail, or with your favourite mixer. 

The Spirit of Adventure.

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The Great Explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum, is made in very, small batches production. Triple distilled from 100% pure sugar cane molasses the Rum has an unbeatable rich flavour. It’s distilled three times to help concentrate the flavours of the molasses and strip out the undesirable harsh elements of the alcohol; that’s why it’s such a smooth, refined, high quality spirit.

Small Batch Gin

Rowers Gin is made in small batches, at the Kirkjuvagr Distillery in Orkney, whose own brand celebrate their Viking heritage. 

Unique Flavour

Created on the classical foundations of juniper and coriander with angelica and citrus together with the botanicals found on our riverbanks, coasts, and the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds us, its unique flavour reflects its rowing backstory.

Riverbanks, Coast & Oceans

The gins rowing pedigree comes from Meadowsweet, in abundance along riverbanks with creamy flower heads, that offers a bewitching sweet aroma, reminding us of summer regattas. Rock samphire, found on our coasts gives an incredibly concentrated burst of flavour, reminiscent of those crashing waves. Sugar kelp, found in the Atlantic Ocean that surround us, gives a soft slightly sweet maritime flavour, with a gentle saltiness, bringing memories those ocean crossings.