Mauritian rum is taking on the world!
Mauritius rum is a relatively new player on the global rum market compared to some well-established players such as the Caribbean rums. Nevertheless, in such a short span of time, Mauritian rum has garnered quite some popularity. It was not until 2006 that the government lifted a ban on distilling from sugar cane juice to what’s known as Agricole Rum. Before 2006, this little paradise island in the Indian Ocean produced only small amounts of rum from molasses. This goes back to the island’s colonial past, especially during the British colonisation where this ban stemmed up to protect the amount of sugar produced as it was more profitable.
Sugarcane was the queen of crops in Mauritius where during a few centuries, sugar was the backbone of the country’s economy. As the ban was lifted, sugar producers started to produce more and more rum. New rum producers also entered this market. Read more about how the Mauritius Rum is taking on the world as mentioned on CNN Travel St. Aubin traces its history back to 1819, making rum the old-fashioned way, but since opened an artisanal distillery that works with cane juice. St. Aubin has a variety of rum; from white to golden ones and from pure rum to flavoured ones. Some other rum distilleries are the Rhumerie des Mascareignes distillery with its Labourdonnais rum, New Grove from Grays Distilling Ltd (part of Terra Group), Rhumerie de Chamarel and Medine distillery with its famous Pink Pigeon.
Green Island is a bit unique as it imports rum from 3 different distilleries; two of which produces industrial rum and one agricole rum! The end products include a white, a spiced and an aged rum. Over the years, new rum producers entered the market such as Gold of Mauritius with its different rums for each kind of rum lover and Blue Mauritius, which is a relatively new player, targets cognac and whisky consumers. Penny Blue, produced by Medine Distillery also plays in the same field. The process of making agricole rum requires distilling the juice as quickly as possible after it’s crushed out of the cane. That’s why the heavy equipment is located in the middle of the plantation, with vats right next to the grinding machinery.
Hence, these distilleries are open for visits. They showcase the process of rum making and the best part is that you can even sample various rum they have produced. Most of these distilleries also have restaurants where you can have lunch. Producers such as Rhumerie de Chamarel, Labourdonnais and St Aubin propose other activities also as they have an amazing scenery which you can discover and populate your Instagram with!
Mauritius rum has been popular on the island and in the region for centuries but has recently garnered international popularity and recognition. It is best to say that Mauritian rum brands have find themselves a niche market in other countries. Mauritian rum producers are out there making their rum more popular and tourists visiting the island are known to always bring back a few bottles with them. Rum of Mauritius have been made for such a great souvenir and gift for friends and family. If you are visiting the distilleries, you can also buy a few bottles of rum they produced. However, most rum brands are available across the island in various supermarkets.
Go ahead and buy a few bottles of these gems! Mauritius rum will bring back the memories of your holidays and will bring a smile to that person to whom you are gifting it!
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