St Lucia Distillers Awarded at World Spirit Awards 2018

St. Lucia Distillers – The Gold Standard for Rum

Spirits innovator Emporia Brands and award-winning St Lucia Distillers are proud to announce the latest results from the World Spirits Awards 2018.

Classified now as Distillery of the Year 2018, the Roseau Valley Distillery picks up a Gold Medal, whilst the 6th and latest edition of the premium range of 1931 takes home a Double Gold Medal in both the World Spirits Award 2018 & Spirit of the Year 2018.

Following this saw individual Gold Medals awarded to Admiral Rodney, and each of the Chairman’s Reserve Original, Spiced and Forgotten Cask expressions.

“St. Lucia Distillers is small, innovative and focused on quality”, explains company director Michael Speakman. “Producing premium rum is the core focus of our corporate philosophy, and closely related with it are all other market activities. The members of our team are not afraid of taking risks and we innovate. We like to experiment with the production process and are delighted if this results in the creation of world class products.”

The company was founded in 1972 based on two long-established firms: the Barnard Family Estate in Dennery and Geest in the Roseau Valley, which is now home to the current site. Back then, the company was a mass producer of basic rum, but over the years it has developed to become a specialist in premium rum with a comprehensive selection on offer today. Visitors to the St. Lucia Distillers are taken on a journey into the world of rum, where the cultural heritage of this Caribbean island and its traditional rum production are brought to life. From the vats of molasses, which are full of the liquid, aromatic raw material, to the shiny copper tanks and oak casks (Bourbon to Port) to the storage and maturation of the rum.


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