Local rum distillery gives helping hand on the Peninsula

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When Jimmy Rum’s founder James McPherson decided to pursue a new career in craft distilled rum four or five years ago, the last thing he expected to become was an expert on making hand sanitiser.

But these are exceptional times and Mornington Peninsula businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in many creative and caring ways.

“We just wanted to help,” said McPherson, who could see the desperate need for hand sanitiser locally and Jimmy Rum’s unique position to react.

“It was actually our bookkeeper, Carolyn’s idea  ̶  so I can’t claim credit!"

“At first I told her ‘you’re dreaming, that’s never going to happen’. But within two days it was obvious it had to happen.”

From the initial idea to getting the first batch of their 70 per cent alcohol hand sanitiser out took just five days. Their still, fondly named Matilda, is now working overtime creating the ethanol required to make the hand sanitiser.

“We’re getting it out to as many people as possible and trying to make sure the people who need it most, like vulnerable and high-risk people and people on the front line of health care, are looked after.”

Glass bottles in 500ml and 125ml are available at their cellar door with a one or two bottle limit to ensure everyone gets some.

“We had queues 600 metres down the street at first but that has settled down now. We’ll keep up with demand and keep making it as long as required.”

For enquiries visit jimmyrum.com.au or email sanitiser@jimmyrum.com.au