About us

Founded by a Professor, a Doctor and a PhD student we were able to implement a scientific methodology to precisely craft our Rums.Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques to test every batch, but, do not take on our word for it. The Proof is in the tasting.

Dr. Samuel James Rowley-Neale

Sam is responsible for the development of the brand of Manchester Still Inc, the production of our own products/base spirits and the commercial development of the brand.

“After the learning about the rich history of Rum production I was disappointed that the UK did not produce the spirit that I loved. I appreciated the quality of some of the “imports” but realised there was a clear disconnect between tasting a rum and knowing the methods of how it was produced and the quality of the raw materials. I was determined to change this, to be the first in a generation to establish a Rum distillery in the UK where I knew that every drop was made to the highest standards. This led me down a pathway of becoming an expert in distillation, gaining a PhD in Chemistry, and establishing the Manchester Still”


Dr. Michael Down

Mike is responsible for technical aspects of the company including distillation services, in which we develop products and collaborations with external brands and partners.