|Turks Head Gold Rum.
|This rum is now available with a different label.
Turks and Caicos Rums
Currently there are no distilleries producing rum in the Turks and Caicos Islands and
there appear to be no plans in the near future to establish one either.
The main reason for this, is that there is very
little soil on most of the islands and as a result sugar cane has never been grown commercially. The islands are all made
out of limestone and this is a very porous rock. There is also very little rainfall, with most of the landscape resembling
a dry desert, covered in cactus plants or low lying brush. The only crops that have been tried commercially in the past are
sisal and cotton. These plantations no longer exist, just a few long abandoned, derelict buildings are left to remind us of
a bygone era.
Due to this dry desert like climate, salt production was successful for many years on many of the
islands and many trees were cut down to deter rainfall.
Despite all this, there are numerous rums available in the Turks
and Caicos Islands, with several "local" rums sold in the market.
of the local rums are bottled and labelled in other Caribbean countries and imported to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Other local rums are imported in bulk, in large plastic drums, at a higher than normal strength (to save on Customs Import
Duties) and then diluted to about 40%, where it is bottled and labelled locally. In the case of the new Bambarra
Rums, they are blended, bottled and labelled here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The local rums are called:-
1) Bambarra Silver Rum.
2) Bambarra Gold Rum.
Bambarra 8 Year Old Rum.
4) Turks Head Gold Rum.
5) Turks Head White Rum.
6) Cave Gold Rum.
7) Cave White
8) Caicos Light Rum.
9) Caicos Gold Rum.
10) Lucayan Rum.
There was one called "Turks
Head Caribbean Spiced Rum" that was available for a short period. Also the old Bambarra Rum has been discontinued and
has been totally re-invented in favour of the new Bambarra range of rums.
All of these
rums are distilled in other countries and only the new Bambarra and Turks Head are bottled and labeled locally. There
are a few private label rums that are bottled locally aswell, such as "Don Faustino, Turks and Caicos Gold
Rum and White " and "I.B.O. Rum", which are distributed by some of the local liquor stores, and produced by
Provo Beverages, the Brewers of Turks Head Beers.
The Cave Rums which are currently available sporadically are
also about to be discontinued.
There is a vast range of imported rums available
in the island's liquor stores, from big name brands like Bacardi, Appleton, Myer's, Cruzan and Barbancourt to
the smaller known brands such as Barcelo, Brugal, Botran, Macorix and Bermudez.
The Wine Cellar
alone carries over 100 different types of rum, probably one of the best selections of any liquor store in the Caribbean. This
selection changes on a regular basis depending on supply and availability. Please see the list at the bottom of this page.
TURKS AND CAICOS CAVE RUM
Turks and Caicos
Cave Rum is currently being phased out in favour of Bambarra Rum, which is in the
intial stages of development.
Cave Rum was designed as a "well" brand rum, with the idea that it would be a
quality tasting rum at a cheap price.
At the time of it's development there were no bottling plants available in
Providenciales. This meant that the rum was distilled and bottled in Jamaica, especially for Cave Limited. Bottling the rum
overseas meant that when it was imported it was subject to the same customs import duties as other rum brands.
have always been supply issues with this particular rum and this is one of the main reasons it is being phased out in favour
of Bambarra Rum, which will be blended, bottled and labelled locally.
The name of the rum was inspired by the massive
cave system in Middle Caicos where the native Indians once lived. The label was designed locally with pictures
actually taken inside the caves.
This rum has become popular with both locals and tourists alike, and is often taken
home to other countries as a souvenir by the departing tourists.
Here is the script that appears on the back label
of the rum:-
"Turks and Caicos Cave Rum.
Far in the depths of a paradise known as the Turks and Caicos
Islands lies an island that defines extraordinary. Middle Caicos is it's name.
Over 100,000 years ago a process involving
the porous limestone that make up this island was beginning. Rainwater would find it's way through this rock and out to
sea, aided by the rise and fall of the oceans, due to the advances and retreats of the great glaciers tens of thousands of
The results of this process are the immense cavernous rooms, known locally as the Conch Bar Caves.
The largest room in this cavern was measured and found to be a shocking quarter mile in diameter.
It is from these caves
that we have gotten our inspiration for Cave Rum. This perfectly blended Rum - though it hasn't been through the same
refining processes as the Conch Bar Caves - is just as extraordinary!"
|The Entrance To Conch Bar Caves.
|These Caves are the Inspiration for Cave Rum.
|Turks and Caicos Cave Rum Label.
|This rum is about to be discontinued.
|The Grand Turk Cruise Terminal.
|More tourists now come to the TCI for a taste of the Caribbean.
Imported Rums in The Turks and Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a small British Dependency lying 575 miles South East of Miami, Florida. The population
is estimated to be around 20 to 30,000. Of this only one third are considered "belongers". There is a large Haitian,
Dominican, and Jamaican population, aswell as many North Americans and Europeans. A new addition to this are many Asian
Due to the small size and relative youthfulness of the country, nearly everything is imported into the
country, including all the rum and other liquors. Heavy import duties are assessed onto imported liquors. Import duties are
the main form of Government income as there are no direct income taxes in the country.
Presently there are no distilleries
in the country and no rumours of any plans to build one. As mentioned above there are some locally bottled rums. There is
however a great selection of rums available in the liquor stores from all parts of the Caribbean. With the Dominican Republic
being a close neighbour of the Turks and Caicos and with the large Dominican population there is always a good selection
of fine Dominican rums. These brands include Barcelo, Bermudez, Brugal, Matusalem, Sibonney, Don Rhon, and Macorix. Haiti
is also well represented with several types of Barbancourt and various types of Clairin. This is also small batch unaged often
illegal rum, commonly called "Monkeyback". This smells and tastes like very raw rum. Jamaican rum is popular
also, with Wray and Nephew, Appleton and Myers leading the way.
If you talk about Jamaica you have to talk about the
classic Myers's Original Dark rum that is available widely in the islands.This is usually used as a floater in cocktails,
such as "Rum Runners" and "Pina Colada's".
One can not talk about rums without talking about
the giant, Bacardi. This is mainly produced in Puerto Rico, but some does come from Nassau in the Bahamas, like Bacardi 8.
Sometimes Bacardi bottles can be found here that were meant for other markets, that have often been bought into the country
illegally. One of Bacardi's biggest sellers in the islands are the Castillo range of rums. This is an unpromoted
cheaper version of their well known rums, usually used as a "well" brand.
Also from Puerto Rico is Captain
Morgan that can be found easily and is popular with the North American tourists who represent the majority of tourists
who visit the country.
Very few Cuban rums can be found in the Turks and Caicos. Until a regular shipping route
is established between the two countries this will continue to be the case.
St. Lucia is also well represented
with a good selection of rums from St.Lucia Distillers, including Admiral Rodney, Chairman's Reserve and Elements
8, amongst others.
The US Virgin Islands are represented by Cruzan rums from St.Croix. Their flavoured rums are popular
with tourists especially the coconut flavour rum.
The home of rum, Barbados, can be relied on in the market with their
Eclipse and Extra Old rums, aswell as the ever popular Mailbu Rum, currently found in three flavours, Coconut, Mango and Pineapple.
Pyrat rum from Anguilla can be found in the Pistol, XO and Cask versions. Most recently some of the Rhum Clements have been
available in a few select locations, with promises of more "vintages" to come in the near future.
Most of the
other rums to found locally can be found in small ammounts and are usually imported from Miami. These rums can include Zacapa,
Botran, Flor de Cana and El Dorado to name a few.
|A Bonded Liquor Warehouse in the Turks and Caicos.
|Rum is stored in Bonded Warehouse's so as to save large duty payments.
Bonded liquor, beer or wine warehouses
are found all over the world. The main purpose in the Turks and Caicos Islands is to save the local businesses that own
the warehouses from making large unfront payments of import duties to the local government cutoms departments. In
the Turks and Caicos Islands and other countries, these duty payments generate large ammounts of money for the local government.
Imported beer, liquor and wines are imported by local distributors and unloaded with customs department officials present
into their respective warehouses. At this time no duties are paid on the goods. Duties are only paid when items are removed
from the warehouse for re-sale or distribution. Once again this will be under supervision from the local customs department
who actually will be the only ones that have the keys to the warehouses. This saves the local companies from paying large
ammounts of duties upfront on each container in favour of smaller weekly payments and also provides a good method of controlling
and checking all imported goods.
There are heavy fines imposed on any companies who break these rules, including removal
of bonded warehouse rights.
|A Pallet of Rum from a Bonded Warehouse.
|Rum has a lesser duty rate that other liquor to support other Caribbean countries.
The Wine Cellar's Rum List
The Wine Cellar in Providenciales has one of the largest collections of rum for sale in the Caribbean. This list
changes on a regular basis due to the availability of some of the rums. Come and visit The Rumelier at The Wine Cellar and
he will gladly help you find what you are looking for. All the rums listed below are for sale at The Wine Cellar, Leeward
Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, B.W.I.
e-mail:- firstname.lastname@example.org Call:- 649 941 5600 fax:- 649 946 5006
Sorry but we do NOT ship overseas.
(But The Rumelier is often open to trade rums!!)
Abuelo 7 YO
Abuelo 12 YO
Angostura 7 YO
Angostura Single Barrel Reserve
Appleton Estate V/X
Appleton Estate Reserve
Estate Extra 12 YO
Appleton Estate 21 YO
Appleton Master Blender Legacy
Atlantico Private Cask
Bacardi Reserva Limitada
Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve
Trouvadore Finest Select 15 Year Old
Barbancourt 3 Star
Barbancourt 5 Star
Du Domaine 15 YO
Botran Solera 1893
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive
Edwin Charley The Virtue
El Dorado 8 Year Old.
El Dorado 12 YO
El Dorado 15 YO
Dorado 21 YO
Flor De Cana Black Label 5 YO
Flor De Cana Gran Reserva 7 YO
Flor De Cana Centenario 12 YO
De Cana Centenario 18 YO
Mount Gay Extra Old
Mount Gay 1703
Myers's Legend 10 YO
Barbados 5 YO
Plantation Barbados 2oth Annivesary
Plantation Trindad 2000
Pyrat Cask 1623
Pyrat XO Planters Gold Reserve
Ron Atlantico Private Cask
Ron Caldas Grand Reserve
Matusalem Gran Reserva
Sea Wynde Pot Still
Zacapa 15 YO
Zacapa Centenario 23 YO
XO 25 YO
Zafra Master Reserve 21 YO
10 Cane Rum
Angostura 5 YO
Angostura Caribbean Club Limbo Drummer
Appleton Special Gold
Cruzan Aged Rum
El Dorado 5 YO
Elements 8 Gold
Fernandes Vat 19
Flor De Cana Gold 4 YO
Ron Caldas 3 YO
St. Lucia Stackable Gold
Cruzan Black Strap
Gosling's Black Seal
Barbancourt Rhum Blanc
Edwin Charley The Foundation
Elements 8 Platinum
Flor De Cana
Extra Dry 4 YO
St. Lucia Stackable White
Wray and Nephew Overproof
Bacardi Big Apple
Captain Morgan Black
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Ray Rum Punch
Whaler's Spiced Rum
Wray and Nephew Cocomania
Nutz ‘N Rum
Sangsters Blue Mountain Coffee
End Blue Mountain Coffee
Worlds End Island Coconut