We selected a rum producer from Marie-Galante, a small island off the coast of Guadeloupe, in the heart of the West Indies.
The island of Marie Galante
On his arrival, Christopher Columbus baptized Maria Galanda Island, named after one of his caravels. The 19th century marked the peak of sugar cane cultivation, and the island of Marie Galante is still recognized today by the number of its windmills, which will make it more typically called “The Island of 100 mills”
Between tradition and modernity
The distillery is in the middle of a 140 hectare plantation, set between the former distillery and a majestic mill dating from 1821. The new distillery embodies the alliance between heritage and the latest technology in rum.
The production process of agricultural rum
From the cane to the bottle, a long work is done:
Step 1: After being harvested, sugar cane is pressed. This step involves extracting its juice, the raw material of the cane
2nd step: During the second stage, that of fermentation, the raw material is transformed into alcohol by adding yeast. This is when the future rum obtains the characteristics that will give it its identity.
3rd step: By distilling this liquid, we isolate the light products (alcohol aromatic product) from the water. The rum thus obtained usually has a degree of alcohol of around 70°.
4th step: Before being mixed with water to make it return around 50°, some rums will spend several years in the aging phase.
Agricultural and industrial rum: what difference?
As we have seen above, the agricultural rum is made from pure cane juice grown near the distilleries, to be cut, crushed immediately and to collect the heart of their aromas. However, this is not the case for an industrial rum, which is made from molasses, a very thick liquid that is the residue of the crystallization and refining of sugar. Its taste is then much less tasty than an agricultural rum. All our conventional (non-organic) rums sound like agricultural rums (the production of organic agricultural rum does not yet exist.)
An exceptional agricultural rum
It is in the heart of the island of Marie Galante that this exceptional agricultural rum is raised and distilled in accordance with traditional methods. The know-how, tradition and passion of the planters are passed on from generation to generation. This authentic white rum with hints of vanilla and spices evokes the warm character of its original island and its spirit of tradition intact. The quality of this rum has been rewarded many times at the general agricultural competition. The whole spirit of Marie-Galante is found in this connoisseur rum where the sweet aromas of the sugarcane of the terroir are perfectly combined with the tonic freshness of a typical rum. A few medals won:
Environmentally conscious, we chose a 100% non-polluting producer. It is the only Eco-positive sector in the world, thanks to its production of solar energy covering its consumption. It is the most modern unity of the French West Indies. It is once again the perfect blend of traditions and modernity.
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