— TRINIDAD —
Trinidad has always been an important land for the cultivation of sugar cane, keeping rum production as a marginal activity. At the end of the 18th century, under British governance, significant volumes of rum travel to England where they are blended with other rums from the British Crown (Barbados, Demerara, Jamaica) and give birth to “Navy Rum”.
In the world of spirits, another category marks the history of Trinidad: bitters. In the 19th century, the Siegert family moves the Angostura Bitters factory to the Port of Spain. Where would today’s bartenders across the world be without the existence of a Prussian family whose mission it was to limit the effects of high fever on the troops of Simon Bolivar? After the First World War, Robert Siegert, the grandson of the founder, begins researching the rum industry: a distillery results, distinguishing itself from the others in the region. It is a modern distillery, the result of careful scientific research, possessing multiple distillation columns which replace the traditional pot stills.
Today, rum accompanies the great life celebrations for Trinidadians, especially during Carnival, an important and happy event in the region.