A Very Old Distillery

Posted by David Newhoff on Sunday, March 4th, 2007 at 3:50 pm
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Today we visited a two hundred year old rum distillery in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. We were struck by the texture of the the heavily worn machinery and the incredibly old building. During their production season they bottle about 25 gallons a day.

The simplicity of the process and ingredients were fascinating. They start with sugar cane stems that are pressed for their juice. The juice is boiled in a copper pot before distilled in giant pot-still. It’s then aged in oak for two years. We’ll save a bottle to share when we return to SF.

Listen to the audio report with images: Distillery (m4a)


One Response to “A Very Old Distillery”

    Well, we have missed some of your entries and are now catching up. As usual, you have made us feel as tho’ we are there with your vivid descriptions! We have just endured a horrible icey snow storm here in the Northeast, but we leave for FL early tomorrow, so all is ok in the world! One more trip after this, and then Rich will sail home with the Lotsa Docks. I am actually looking forward to staying home for a while! We are going to be grandparents again in October, Bonnie and Shaun are pregnant. And speaking of BD’s (happy bd David!), I just celebrated the BIG 6-0 with a surprise party and a trip to Broadway to see Jersey Boys. Tni, sorry to hear you were sick. Later…Becky

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