Posted on November 21 2018, by Els Kraakman.
Ever thought of where the name Cane Garden Bay on Tortola comes from? I’m sure you guessed it, it’s from the history of their sugarcane plantations and rum distillery, a fundamental part of the British Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage.
Cane Garden Bay is home of the Callwood Rum Distillery, where they make Arundel Cane Rum. This rum has been distilled and blended by the Callwood Family for more than 200 years in Caribbean’s oldest continuously operating pot distillery.
You can visit the distillery Monday till Friday on your visit to Cane Garden Bay, in this beautiful old historical building steps across the road from the beach. After the storms the distillery was severely damaged and needed a new roof, but they are all up and running again!
When you enter the building, you will notice the barrels and the walls filled with hand-bottled Arundel rum. For only $1, they offer a tasting of Arundel’s four rums: the unaged white, the 4-year rum, the 10-year blend and the spiced “horny rum,” which has lots of character. We can highly recommend the 10 yrs old blend as a nice souvenir to bring home, with a bold flavor and with colorful notes of candied fruit
The Callwood Distillery only produces about 25 gallons of rum a day, using the pure cane juice from the sugarcane growing right behind the distillery.
Behind the building you can find the sugar cane plantation with the charcoal powered “boiler”. Here you will smell the sweet molasses being cooked
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This is how the juices are distracted from the sugarcane to be distilled into beautiful Arundel rum of Cane Garden Bay