Monday, December 20, 2010

The Distillery

Today we went to the Mount Gay rum visitor's center, where we learned how they make rum. They start by making molassus out of sugar canes and fermenting it. Then they distill they alchohol out of it, and age the resulting alchohol and water mixture in wooden barrels. The taste of the rum comes from the casks, which are apparently used to make bourbon, and lightly baked before use. The different types of rum apparently come from variations in ageing time or mixture. I had a good time there, and now know a lot more about the making of rum.
--Orion Date
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