John Rigby & Company Sells Whiskey and Gin

The famous British manufacturer of deluxe bolt action rifles (based on Mauser action) and double rifles –  John Rigby & Co. sells gin and whiskey in their online store! We’ve seen many times gun companies making/selling non-gun products. But these were either gun related (hunting apparel, accessories etc.) or just small items bearing their logo – mugs, casual apparel, souvenirs and whatnot. Anyway, to my knowledge, this is the first time a gun company sells alcohol drinks under its brand! Correct me if I am wrong.

Rigby Gunpowder Gin

In order to convey the information about these drinks correctly, I’ll quote the description written on Rigby’s website.

Handcrafted, Rigby’s dry gin is distilled with 100% gluten-free British wheat grain in traditional copper pot stills and blended with only the purest Sussex spring water which runs beneath the distillery and charcoal-filtered to ensure a full bodied flavour. The signature Gunpowder Tea botanical is carefully sourced from Japan. Tenderly distilled to create hints of spice and subtle natural tannin flavours to complement the citrus notes from the coriander and lemon zest creating a bold gin for any intrepid adventurer seeking the “Spirit of the Hunt”. Each bottle contains 70cl and is 43% volume, presented in a Rigby presentation box.

The price for the bottle of gin is £40.83 (roughly $53) not including the shipping costs. Also, there are some countries (Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada (other than Alberta), China, Israel, Turkey, UAE, Yemen) and US states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah) that they don’t ship to.

Rigby Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Wolfburn

Again, here is the description of this whiskey from the Rigby’s website:

Limited release single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Wolfburn in Thurso, Caithness. The pure peat filtered water at Wolfburn was first used to make whisky in 1821 and the distillery premises have recently been completely rebuilt with an overriding emphasis on craftsmanship and quality. Each bottle contains 70cl and is 46% volume, presented in a Rigby presentation box.

The whiskey (or whisky?) costs a bit more that the gin. It is listed at £57.5, which is about equal to $75 as of today’s currency exchange rates. The same country/state shipping restrictions apply to this one, too.


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Hrachya H

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  • Dougscamo

    Now you can get a “kick” out of all their products….sorry…..

  • Anonymoose

    If it’s Scotch, Canadian, or Japanese, then it’s whisky without the E. If it’s Irish, Bourbon, or otherwise American, then it’s whiskey with the E. There is a big difference!

    • Dougscamo

      Honestly did not know that! Thanks…!

    • Hrachya H

      Oh, thanks for explaining that …I never knew that.

    • jonp

      Here is another one that had never heard that. Thanks

    • Dan

      If the country where the style originated from has an E in the name add the E. If not leave it out.

  • 22winmag

    Firearms not Fermentation

    • GaryOlson

      Have you never felt the fire in your arms after a refreshing slug of single malt?

      • Nashvone

        Seriously? You slug single malt? HERETIC!!!! BURN HIM!!!!!

  • Major Tom

    Well look on the bright side, after drinking these (and sobering up after) you can make fine targets out of the bottles.

  • Regulus

    I’m very interested in this. At least to put on my drink cart at home for good looks. Hopefully the whiskey states better than “leadslinger” whiskey. No disrespect to those guys. Just the lead slinger whiskey wasn’t what I was expecting. Tasted worse than early times whiskey to me. Maybe I just need to give it a 2nd try.

    • The Forty ‘Twa

      Wolfburn is a decent dram, quite a new distillery but promising based on what I have had from there.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    Kalashnikov vodka probably predates this co-branding exercise.
    As for non-gun products actually made by gun companies, how about Husqvarna sewing machines and BH bicycles, or Smith & Wesson handcuffs?

    • jonp

      Husqvarna is a conglomerate that makes a wide variety of products from guns to chainsaws to sewing machines. I don’t think that is an apt comparison.

      • Sasquatch

        Dirt bikes and components.

  • TheNotoriousIUD
  • jonp

    I’m surprised Rigby didn’t use India Tea.

  • Those are… shockingly reasonable prices for top shelf liquor.

    • BillyOblivion

      This explains why I started drinking Gin.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Whats next, cigar and c4 reviews?

    T obacco
    F irearms
    B ombs


  • Gary Kirk

    Hey, that could go in the safe right next to it’s distant cousin..

  • Evan

    Gun booze! This goes along with Kalashnikov vodka as an excellent idea. More gun companies need to branch out into making booze. Especially FN. I love Belgian beer, and Belgian gun beer would be even better. Gun booze is the best idea ever.

  • Michael Guerin

    Rigby selling whisky when the company started in the land of whiskey? As in John Rigby of Dublin!