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28/04/2020
Creating sanitiser in high spirits at JimmyRum

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The team at JimmyRum enjoyed a well-earned drink after an intense couple of weeks, where they completely re-invented their business and rejigged their distiller, fondly named Matilda, to provide ethanol for essential hand sanitiser production – an item that was difficult to get your mitts on. Within 48 hours, they transitioned their humble rum business into manufacturing a quality hand sanitiser. The JimmyRum Hand Sanitiser has the same aromas as their lovingly produced spirits, blended with a dash of aloe vera to leave you with soft and smooth hands. It is 70 per cent ethanol and boasts a light, liquid feel that doesn’t leave your hands with that icky sticky feeling. 

They’re all about the three ‘R’s: rum, respect and rambunctiousness. Rum is obvious, but respect is all about respect for the rum, the environment, their staff and fellow members of the community. This team of rum-lovers and Matilda have been working tirelessly to help keep the greater Mornington Peninsula community safe, prevent their staff from going postal, and sustain the distillery during these difficult times. They’re of course beyond grateful to all those who have supported them and sent them heartfelt messages, and they’re in good spirits having made it this far. And the rambunctiousness? This was their belief even before COVID-19, and it’s vital now more than ever. JimmyRum’s owner and chief ideas man James McPherson says everyone needs to stand back for a second and search for something to laugh about, to lighten the heart and lift the soul – even if it’s sharing a rum with a friend via video chat, text or shouting distance. 

If you’re out for an essentials run, stop by and pick up a bottle of the best-looking – and smelling – hand sanitiser available, personally made by Matilda. Oh, and of course while you’re there, pick up some handcrafted rum because we’re sure that you deserve it – we know the JimmyRum team do. Or wet your whistle with some Peninsula bevvy suppliers, including Foxeys Hangout wine, Jetty Road Brewery beer, Bass & Flinders gin, and Chief’s Son whisky. 

The cellar door is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon-6pm (or 11am-noon if you’re a frontline health worker or senior), Sunday from 10am-2pm, and closed on Monday. If you can’t make it to the distillery at 6 Brasser Ave, Dromana, you can still purchase their delectable rum or sanitiser online and have it sent straight to your door. Do they ever sleep? 

They’ve announced they’ll continue creating fair-priced sanitiser until the community no longer requires it, and they encourage everyone to support local. Cheers to that!

Visit www.jimmyrum.com.au

KATE SEARS 

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