St Lucia is located roughly 1000 miles north of the equator in the Eastern Caribbean island chain.
St Lucia Distiller Ltd is just south of Marigot Bay
The molasses used at St Lucia Distillers was sourced from Guyana and contained 65% dissolved sugar, one of the highest sugar contents of any molasses found in the Caribbean. The high sugar content is attributed to the age of the Guyanese sugar mill.
There are three stills at St Lucia Distillers Ltd. A continuous column still, the Vendome still below and another smaller pot still.
Installed in 2002, this Vendome Pot Still has a capacity of about 2000 liters.
The distillate is condensed at about 82% ABV
After distillation, the distillate is collected in large tanks where several batches of distillate are blended. From these tanks, second-use American oak barrels are filled with fresh rum at about 70% ABV.
Barrels of rum secured for shipment.
Barrels of rum in container #CMAU1671395.
Before a shipment bound for the US can be accepted, an ISF filing must declare shipment details. Here is a look at the required
Below is an excerpt from the BL for this shipment. Click on the image below to see the entire BL.
From Vieux Fort, St Lucia the container was shipped on the Conrad S to Trinidad where the cargo was transshipped on the Shippan Island to Bridgetown, Barbados then St Johns, Antigua and then on to Redhook Terminal, New York, NY. After being barged to the port in Newark, the container was trucked to Western Carriers warehouse N. Bergen NJ.
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Shippan Island © Captain Ted (opens in new window)
July 22nd, the barrels were trucked to Five & 20 Spirits distillery in Mayville, NY for bottling.
Cask #85-05-03 was aged nine years at St Lucia Distillers Ltd. This barrel was bottled at cask strength at Five & 20 Spirits by Joe Nelson. During the three months between shipping and bottling, the alcohol content by volume increased approximately 0.3% with a corresponding decrease in volume.
Barrels are emptying using a vacuum pump.
Prior to bottling, this blend was filtered with a one micron filter to remove charcoal that may be suspended in the liquid and that might prevent a malfunction in the bottling machine.
No flavoring or color was added.
Bottles are filled with a six bottle gravity feed filler.
Bottles being filled
Putting in the synthetic corks
Filled bottled being labeled.
Finished bottles with capsules and labels
55 cases on a pallet ready for shipment to a distributor in your state.
There was no caramel color or flavoring of any kind added to this rum.
Other products from Saint Lucia Distillers Ltd. imported by Caribbean Spirits Inc.