This weekend in St. Croix was a little slow, so I took the opportunity to go with an acquaintance of mine to the home of St. Croix's most famous export, Cruzan Rum. The Cruzan brand was actually founded around 1934, but the former sugar plantation upon which the distillery sits has been producing rum since around 1760. Our first glance of the distillery was the old carriage house, which definitely harkens back to a time long ago:
The history of Rum is deeply intertwined with the history of St. Croix. Throughout much of its history, St. Croix was one of the leading producers of sugarcane in the Caribbean, particularly in the 17th through early 19th Centuries. Much of the sugarcane grown in St. Croix was converted to molasses, which both allowed for easier shipping, and which forms the basis of distilling rum.
|The Seven Flags of St. Croix's Administrators|
(L to R: Sovereign Order of Malta, Denmark, Netherlands, the United States, France, the UK, Spain)
|Molasses being poured to begin the distillation process.|
|The molasses was moving due to the yeast particles alone...|
|The various stages of aging.|
|The Cruzan Hospitality Pavilion|
|Cruzan is always a good call.|
|I bought their limited edition large bottle, so a stock photo will have to do.|
Beyond the opportunity to learn more about our local rum, the Cruzan distillery was a great way to become more knowledgeable about Crucian history and culture. It was definitely a nice way to spend a Saturday, and is a must-see destination for any visitor to our little island.