When you think of the Cayman Islands you might think of its crystal waters, sandy beaches, or even pirates. In picturing these things you might have an image of yourself lounging in a hammock, sipping on a cool drink, or adventuring out to sea to find the long lost treasure of a sunken ship. Whatever your idyllic image of the Cayman Islands is, chances are Rum factors in there somewhere. Rum is used in many ways across the islands like creating tasty drinks for adults and as an ingredient in some of the islands most popular dishes and sweets. The popularity of rum throughout the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands has spawned the growth of the Rum trade and been the catalyst for the success of many new distilleries.
Seven Fathoms a rum company that calls George Town Harbor on Grand Cayman home, is aging their rum in a truly unique way. For the educated seaman it might be easy to guess what this innovative technique is. The name of the rum is a term used to describe ocean depth. Seven fathoms below the surface of the water is equivalent to forty two feet below the surface. Once the rum is distilled it is stored in barrels underwater. The naturally calm tides of the islands waters slowly rock the barrels back and forth allowing the flavors to mingle in a way that land maturation does not.
In addition to this new idea the company is also committed to using local organic sugar cane, this decision further supports the local economy and ensures the freshest ingredients are used. A beautiful copper still is used in production and supervised by a master brewer. The barrels used in production are used Jack Daniels barrels, this also adds to the rums unique flavor. The rum is aged for a total of six months. Part of that time the barrels are at the bottom of the ocean and the rest of the time a more common method is used. The rums recent flavor improvement is due to the company’s investment in a state of the art still, which is now used for all production.
Another popular rum company in the Cayman Islands is Tortuga Imports and the Tortuga Rum Cake Company. This Family business has grown to include three bakeries and eighteen duty free liquor retail locations across the islands. The Airport industrial Park in Grand Cayman is home to the company’s headquarters. Bakery facilities at this location can produce ten thousand rum cakes per day. The company also distributes over a dozen different rums and liquors bearing the brands name.
The headquarters have become a bit of a tourist attraction over the years. People gather is an area protected by glass to view the process of the company’s famous rum cakes being made. Tourists are also given the chance to sample the tasty treats and of course there is a shop offering a range of souvenirs and products. These are just two of the many rum companies that call the Cayman Islands home.Like this blog post? Buy me a coffee or send me a tip!!!