Trinidad & Tobago Trip

The Rumelier made his second trip to the Trinidad Distillers Limited Distillery in February of 2011 to meet the people who make the great Angostura Rums. This was a whirland visit as The Rumelier only had one full day in which to visit the distillery and enjoy a few of the sights of the capital, Port-of-Spain.

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The impressive column still at TDL.
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One of the many aging warehouses at TDL.

After arriving at the Trinidad Distillery in Laventille, Port-of Spain by taxi The Rumelier was introduced to many of the key members of staff and given much interesting information about the company and it's history. Of course no information about the company can be given without mentioning the item that started this large company, Angostura Aromatic Bitters. Not only could you not ignore this iconic item you could not ignore the sweet aroma inside the main office building of the bitters being produced behind locked doors. The recipe for Angostura Bitters is kept top secret and only a select group of employees actually know the recipe.

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After a couple of meetings The Rumelier was given an extensive tour of the distillery. First stop on the tour was the very large and interesting collection of butterflies and moths in the company museum. This was of not only a collection of local butterflies but a collection from all over South America and the world.

The next stop was the historical collection of company artifacts right from the start of the company's history in South America and it's patriarch, German national, Doctor Johann Segert. Along with early company artifacts were displays of bottles and awards the company has received over their long history.

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