Tornado. Emotional rollercoaster. Hond se gat (loosely translated to the dog’s behind).

These are the three phrases our master distiller Leon (Lon) Bruns uses to describe 2020.

What kept him sane? “We were intensely busy. There was no time to overthink or dwell on anything. The first few weeks we barely slept. This is a blessing in disguise. It would, otherwise, potentially have been a very depressing time. We kept busy by planning, renovating the tower at the distillery and producing hand sanitiser in bulk.”

Leon takes pleasure in having people visit the farm again since the alcohol ban has been lifted. “Seeing people enjoy what we do, really makes 24/25-hour workdays worthwhile.”

This is what kept the rest of the team standing during lockdown.

“Whêk, whêk, whêk, whêk,” is what kept our assistant distiller Kantoor Kartus Mzaka sane. He looks forward to having his “fans” back again and spending time with his family at Christmas.

Trevor Bruns’ family kept him going during lockdown. He also did “tonnes and tonnes” of research. For most of lockdown, he had his nose in books researching different types of rums and about producing hand sanitiser. Now that the alcohol sales ban has been suspended, he looks forward to resuming the Open Days every Saturday at the distillery.

Everybody is also really excited about a range of gift boxes we plan to roll out to several retailers and at the distillery later this year. Watch this space.

And, we are really looking forward to 2021!


Trevor, Lon and Kantoor

For enquiries about sanitiser sales, contact Leon Bruns: 079 512 6787/ leon@whistlerrum.co.za.

We have resumed weekly Open Days at the distillery every Saturday from 11:00 – 19:00.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for details:

Facebook: Whistler Rum (@whistlerrum); Instagram: @whistlerrum; Twitter: @Whistler_Rum

Sales via our online store have resumed. Go have a look:  https://whistlerrum.co.za.