What were we thinking? We booked a rum distillery tour for the day after our cocktail tour. Neither of us felt like drinking any rum and we came close to canceling. However, we were truly interested in the rum and the distillation process, since it is a huge part of Caribbean life, and wanted to sneak a peek. The tour started with a mixture of sweet tea and Cajun Spice Rum. It was actually kind of tasty, but Dave’s stomach was still rebelling from the night before and mine was threatening to give me issues if I drank much. Therefore, I sipped on it throughout the tour.
Rum is made from cane sugar, specifically molasses. Now I am a big fan of molasses, but rum doesn’t taste very much like molasses no matter what the tour guide says. First step is to make the sugar cane into molasses in these big tanks.
The next step is to ferment the molasses and turn it into alcohol. Then distilling the alcohol while removing the impurities that can make you go blind, such as acetone. Be careful with moonshine!
Once the rum is ready, it is poured into American oak barrels and aged for three years. For flavoring, the rum is mixed and in the case of flavored rum such as their Cajun Spice Rum, spices are added and let steep for 30 days.
When ready, the rum is bottled six bottles at a time and labeled for sale.
Old New Orleans Rum makes one rum drink, called Gingeroo, with Cajun Spice Rum, ginger, and spices that include cayenne pepper. This drink has its own bottler that also inserts the carbonation. This drink is spicy and absolutely delicious!
The distillery currently offers Crystal (clear), Amber, and Cajun Spice rums and Gingeroo. Old New Orleans Rum charcoal filters as well as cotton filters their rums and really works to make high quality rum with excellent flavor. We did the tastings but only by barely moistening our lips. It was enough to get the flavor and shock of alcohol without killing our our already angry stomachs. We really liked the flavor of the spiced rum and bought a bottle of it as well as two bottles of Gingeroo. It was a little rough, but we were glad we went.