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The Story of Rum

The Story of Rum


There is a lot of questioning as to where exactly rum was “invented” originally. Because so many different countries produce rum, it has been difficult to pinpoint, but it is known that the production of sugarcane spirits was taking place in South America by Europeans before sugar was the cash crop of the Caribbean. After that came to be, the production of rum took place in several different countries around the globe.

Rum is the product of sugarcane after it is fermented and distilled. The process starts with the sugarcane, which is first harvested by hand, then transported to a mill where it is crushed by a machine, which extracts the juice from the sugar.

After the juice has been extracted, there are three different possibilities for production. First is to ferment and distill the juice right away, as it is done in Martinique and Guadalupe. This produces a rum that preserves the characteristics of the cane. Second is to cook down the sugarcane juice into a syrup that will then be fermented and distilled. The third possibility is to process the juice into molasses and crystallized sugar. The sugar is sold as a sweetening product and the molasses goes to a distillery to be fermented and distilled into rum. This process is the most common one for making rum.

Once the rum is distilled, there are a variety of ways to alter the product. Some rums are bottled and sold fresh from the still. A lot of rums are aged (rum anejo), which alters the character of the spirit. Some rums are infused with herbs, fruits and spices or different juices to produce a flavored rum. With all of the possibilities and variations that can take place, from the cane itself to the production after it has been distilled, rum is the most diverse of all the distilled spirits.

Below are my tastings notes on a few rums that I enjoy. Try them for yourself and let us know what you think!

Flor de Cana 7 Year Aged: Light golden color. On the nose, sharp but very full-bodied. Notes of cocoa and peaches. Light and floral on the palate. Raspberries, strawberries, hints of dark chocolate. Very crisp finish.

Ron Zacapa Gran Reserva: Deep brown color, amber. Spicy on the nose but very smooth. Oatmeal, wheat. Sweet and slightly creamy going down. Notes of vanilla, cinnamon and clove.

Brugal Extra Dry: White rum, very alcohol forward on the nose. Sharp with a bit of a kick, but with afternotes of vanilla. Slightly bland on the palate but creamy on the back of the throat. Smooth, slightly grassy, with a hint of cocoa at the end.

— Sara Kay, The Spir.it


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


The Story of El Dorado Rum

The cultivation of sugar cane in Guyana was first introduced by the Dutch in the 1640s along the coast and banks of the rivers. It wasn’t until 10 years later when the British planters introduced the pivotal process of distilling that there was a breakthrough and by the 1700s there were well over 300 sugar estates all creating unique rums from the molasses.

With over three centuries of expertise in the art of rum, El Dorados story starts at this time when every sugar estate had its own still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative.

Demerara Distillers

By the turn of the 20th century only 64 sugar estates remained in Guyana, this number soon dropped and in 1970 the last remaining 4 distilleries joined together to form Demerara Distillers.

Run by Demerara distillers, no other rum distillery can boast of such heritage than El Dorado. Launched in 1992 onto the local and international market, El Dorado has shown significant growth in recent years epitomising on their unique quality and the true taste of Demerara. It is now an internationally recognised producer of award winning rums with a range of 20 different varieties.

El Dorado’s production process is unique to Demerara distillers, using original wooden stills (the last fully functional example of its kind left in the world). It is this that has allowed them to offer such a variety of high quality rums of different ages and style. Alongside this they use the finest sugar cane, harvested twice a year from the banks of the Demerara River, it is then transported to the sugar factory before being chopped and crushed to extract the juice and made into molasses. They then use a combination of traditional and modern distillation techniques to create their different styles of rum.

The rum ages in former bourbon casks made of American oak. The ageing process in Guyana is greatly increased by the climate (high humidity and steady temperature). Demerara Distillers now produce over 26 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

Try El Dorado 3 and 5yr rums

Our Mojitos Kits include 100ml of El Dorado 3 and 60ml of El Dorado 5, so you can taste these fantastic rums and experiment with them in Mojitos and other modern recipes to discover your new favourite cocktail. You can check them out and buy one here.

For a full history of El Dorado from the company themselves, check out their website.


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