In Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, the plot hinges upon a handful of golden tickets tucked into chocolate
bars, granting undreamed-of access to a mysteriously magical candy factory.
That story came to mind one day as I scanned a newly arrived
email—my own golden ticket! But rather than an invitation to a candy factory, I’d
soon be wandering through hallowed ground in the rum world. Continue reading “Demerara Distillers Ltd – Part One”
In September 2019, Demerara Distillers Ltd (aka DDL) brought me to Guyana to tour their facilities and meet key members of their staff. I came away with many things to share, which I’ll spread out over several stories. While there, I conducted several interviews. The first one was with Sharon Sue-Hang, Director of Quality Assurance at DDL. Among Sharon’s many tasks is overseeing the blending for DDL’s many rums.
We talked about the challenges of managing so many different distillates for a wide product line, how limited releases impact things, DDL’s use of caramel over the years, her personal preferences in rum, and many other topics. Continue reading “Talking Rum with DDL’s Sharon Sue-Hang”
NOTE: This interview originally appeared on the ACR-Rum web site. However, it’s of relevance to rum enthusiasts here on Cocktail Wonk, so it’s also shared here, with permission from WIRSPA.
As Chairman of the Executive Board of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA), Komal Samaroo has a very deep knowledge of the rum industry. Having worked in the rum industry since the late 1960s, he’s now put in over fifty years of service to the cause of Caribbean rum.
In addition to his WIRSPA duties, Mr. Samaroo is now
Executive Chairman of Demerara Distillers Limited, an indigenous Guyanese firm
with thousands of local shareholders that makes, among other things, El Dorado
Demerara rum. He also sits on the Board of Directors of National Rums of
Jamaica, the consortium that owns the Clarendon and Long Pond distilleries and
the Monymusk brand.
During a recent trip to Guyana, I interviewed him in his
office at Demerara Distillers Limited. What follows are his thoughts on the
WIRSPA, including its role in the rum world, its past and its future. Continue reading “WIRSPA Chairman Komal Samaroo: On the Record”