St. Nicholas Abbey has embraced the traditions that made Barbados Rum famous over 350 years ago. The new distillery will produce rum entirely from the pot still method, preserving the nuanced flavours of the fermentation process. The Plantation is developing aged rum nurtured to ensure that each sip reflects its time-honoured tradition and expertise.
Following age-old tradition and expertise, the plantation has created a rum superior in its class. To accomplish this feat, the distillery has consulted Master Distiller Richard Seale of R.L. Seale and Foursquare Factory who takes a personal interest in rums distilled from sugar cane. He has assisted the Plantation in recreating an authentic recipe worthy of the St. Nicholas Abbey name.
THE FRESHEST CANE
The Plantation cultivates and harvests by hand a select variety of sugar cane unique to St. Nicholas Abbey. Organic methods are utilised on the plantation; pesticides are not utilised in the production of our sugar cane.
The freshly cut cane is hand-fed into the steam mill where it is crushed just once to extract the sweetest juice possible. Within minutes, the juice is fed directly into the fermentation pots to ensure premium freshness and quality.
POT STILL DISTILLATION
One of the few distilleries of its kind, St. Nicholas Abbey has shunned mass production and complex mechanical systems.
After fermentation, the cane juice is distilled in small, carefully-controlled quantities using the traditional batch still process. The pot still, customised to St. Nicholas’ specific requirements, produces a superior spirit worthy of the plantation’s heritage and pedigree.
AGED TO PERFECTION
The spirit is barreled in the finest bourbon oak casks and aged to perfection in the plantation’s own rum bond. St. Nicholas’ highland location benefits from cooling tradewind breezes that further aid in the ageing and maturation of the rum. Continued attention throughout the ageing process sets St. Nicholas Abbey Rum apart from others, establishing it as a premium brand in its class. The result is genuine, unblended liquor best enjoyed straight, with a smooth taste and a lively, sharp finish.
FROM BARREL TO BOTTLE
The aged rum is hand-bottled unblended straight from the barrel in an elegant glass decanter individually etched with an image of the St. Nicholas Abbey great house. The decanter is sealed with a mahogany cork topped with hand-embossed leather, symbolic of the island’s first mahogany trees, planted on Cherry Tree Hill over 250 years ago. The label is applied by hand and each decanter is engraved with both a number and date.