Bahama Bob's Rumstyles
Thursday, March 1, 2012
When I Think About Rum, I Think about Cane Garden Bay
The pressing of the sugar cane produces a juice that is then placed in large kettles in which they are boiled. The cane juice mixture is then placed into barrels for fermenting. The fermentation process takes about 18 or so days. The fermented wine or beer, depending who you talk to, is then placed into a copper pot still and brought to a boil using scrap wood and coconut husks so the alcohol will turn to vapor and then run through a cooling coil that liquefies the alcohol to be condensed in a cistern from which the rum drips into a copper tub that sits in the floor of the office. The boiling process takes the better part of a day and is done at a comparatively low heat. This is why the stills last so long at the distillery. The pot still that was retire just a few years ago dates back to the slave era on the estate.
The next time you sail or drive into Cane Garden Bay, take the time to walk back up the road about a quarter mile from Stanley's and visit this very unique and fascination distillery. It is an experience that will take you back to the beginnings of rum making. ;o)