Dr. Kit Carruthers is the owner and distiller at Ninefold Distillery, the only rum distillery in the South of Scotland. Like many small distillery owners, Kit's background is not in the spirits industry. He spent 18 years in Edinburgh studying environmental geoscience and working within the construction industry, ending up with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Carbon Capture and Storage in 2016. Kit moved back to Dumfriesshire to help manage Dormont Estate, the Carruthers' ancestral lands, and set about building a rum distillery on the estate. He didn't know a thing about rum before starting this journey, but is now a passionate advocate for authentically made, real Scottish rum.