Finally the secrets of our tantalizing Mauritius rum are unveiled!
The rum-guzzling pirates of the Middle Ages may’ve put the Caribbean on the booze map, but, in the 21st century, there’s a new player on the pitch. Even if you haven’t been on a holiday to Mauritius, you’ve seen pictures of its diamond-white beaches and five-star hotels. But scratch the immaculate surface, and you’ll discover massively diverse cultures, an eclectic cuisine, plus an under-the-radar rum scene. Here’s how the tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is vying for a spot in the league of the world’s top producers of rum…
Sugar cane was introduced from Java into Mauritius under the Dutch (1598-1710) to make mainly an alcoholic drink through fermentation, although sugar was produced on a very small scale in 1696. Twelve kinds of sugarcane are grown in Mauritius, but only two (yellow and red) are used in the process of making rum. Mauritius is one of a few countries that produce both industrial and agricultural rum.
Traditional Rum: Rum from distillation of Molasses, a residue of the sugar manufacture.
Agricultural Rum: Rum from the distillation of fresh ,fermented cane juice.
The agricultural rum is high quality rum known and appreciated for its specific aroma and flavour. A new category of rum, the island recipe rum is also produced in Mauritius using artisanal processes to macerate tropical fruits and spices from the island.
Mauritius’ truly exceptional rums can be linked to the island’s tropical flavours. In fact, it’s the infusions of Mauritian rum that make it stand out from its competitors. Mauritius is also a producer of vanilla beans, coconuts and passion fruit—all of which make great infusions to white rums. The fresh addition of these fruits, rather than syrups, produces a flavoursome, fruity infusion that is smooth and delicious.
One of our favourite suggestions for an incredible excursion while in Mauritius is a visit to Rhumerie de Chamarel. A distillery proudly nestled away in the mountains which have been specifically designed to showcase the entire process of making rum.
Ready for Rum?
Try it out! One of the well known Mauritian Cocktail: The Planter’s punch
30ml white rum
20ml brown rum
80ml pineapple juice
60ml orange juice
10ml lemon juice
The Planter’s Punch
Enjoy and Share the history of rum and Mauritian cocktail recipe you’ve enjoyed from this article.
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