The flavoursome rums of Demerara and beyond

The flavoursome rums of Demerara and beyond:

…………..  Margaret Swaine visits Guyana

National Post – Canada. May 4, 2012 – 6:08 PM ET Comments

By Margaret Swaine – WineAlign

Guyana is not a place on most tourists’ radar. It should however figure prominently on a rum lover’s bucket list. All of the world’s fantastic Demerara rum comes from here and from just one distillery, the Diamond Distillery of Demerara Distillers Limited. Demerara gets its name from the river that runs through the capital Georgetown and the region.

Demerara Distillers makes over two dozen rums for other spirit companies around the world and they sell a lot of young rum spirit in bulk. For example I saw bottles of Pyrat rum (Patrón Spirits Company) being packaged when I was there and pictures of Lemon Hart rum being bottled. I also learned that some American bourbon companies were buying the young spirit to make up the 49% of their product that doesn’t need to be corn spirit based.

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  • William Ramnarace  On May 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I know for sure El Dorado was voted in 3 consecutive years as the best rum in the world………a few years back……pity the manufacturers did not jump on this obvious presitge accolade and market this product with the sort of advertisements it deserved.

    I hardly see this rum on shelves in the UK for instance………..a big market….Europe…..and many more places. Yes, it is at the liquor stores in Canada…a very ‘controlled’ market………… wonders whether the manufacturers should not engage a top international marketing agency to really get this product on the mainstream….like black Label, Bacardi, etc.


  • Joseph G. D'Oliveira  On May 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

    There are two major rum manufacturers in Guyana, DIH and DDL. Is Ms. Swaine telling us that DDL is the only distiller in Guyana? What about DIH? DIH also produces several types of rum and distributed in quite a few countries. I would like to know if she is correct. It seems that she is biased about DDL products as she only promotes DDL products instead of all the rums of Guyana.

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