— ST LUCIA —
Discovered by the Spanish in the 16th century, St. Lucia was disputed territory long fought over by the French and English before finally joining the Commonwealth. Nicknamed "Helen of the Caribbean", the island sits among the tropical Windward Islands. Facing out over the Caribbean sea are two volcanic peaks jutting out of the lush vegetation. Pristine beaches and rich colorful Creole heritage guarantee that St Lucia delivers on its promises.
The history of rum begins late in St. Lucia, waiting until the 19th century when the harvesting of sugar cane becomes popular. However, the 20th century sees the disappearance of many sugar companies as well as distilleries, and by the end of World War II only three remain. Gradually, the banana overtakes sugar cane as the major island crop and the Barnard family is forced to build a canal system to transport molasses by boat to the distillery, to avoid running out of crucial raw materials.
St. Lucia offers a wide variety of original rums, some aged bottles even recognized worldwide for a rich, surprising and smooth character, as exuberant and famous as the chocolate which contributes to the reputation of the island.