sugar cane juice
traditional copper column
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The Dutch colonized the island, naming it after Prince Maurice of Orange, and initiated the cultivation of sugar cane, which impacted future land use. The French brought slaves from Africa and the island was renamed - oh how original - Île de France. Although the British reinstated the name of Mauritius and abolished slavery, they introduced the so-called indentured servitude. The voluntarily displaced Indians could clearly see that the two forms had much in common. The Mauritians have gained independence in 1968 and inherited an ethnically and religiously divided country. It was economically reduced to sugarcane monoculture, prone to crop failures and fickle prices, which after all are set somewhere else.
Currently, according to the World Bank, Mauritius ranks thirteenth in terms of the best conditions for doing business. GDP per capita increased from around $200 (1968) to over $11k (2018). Well, no, Mauritius has no oil deposits or other natural resources. Strong and stable economic growth (5% for 30 years) results from the effective economic policy based on the Taiwanese model, where structural transformation leads to market diversification (textile and clothing sector, seafood processing and blue economy, financial services, retail and wholesale trade, information and communications technology). Mauritius is considered as the only “fully free “democracy in Africa. As usual, the context is important, because referring to the Westminster model for nepotic transfer of power can be considered democratic only when compared to other African countries. Well, all jokes aside, Mauritius owes its miracle to pragmatic governance and liberal economic policies.
Half of the island's land is farmed, 90% of which is used for sugar cane farming generating 4% of GDP. The sugar cane even adorns the national emblem. Nevertheless, Mauritius is a relatively new player in the rum world, dominated indeed by Caribbean producers. The reason is the small internal market and focus on the implementation of the so-called Sugar Protocol meant that Mauritius enjoyed for decades guaranteed quotas and preferential price rates for sugar delivered to EU markets. Subsidies definitely ended in 2017 and prices fell sharply. The pragmatic Mauritians wisely used the restructuring funds and found a new way to monetize our beloved perennial.
Saint Albinus (French: Aubin d'Angers) is called against pirate attacks and sick children. Although both intentions hit the spot metaphorically, the distillery' name comes from Pierre de Saint Aubin, the manager of the plantation located in the south of the island with the adjacent sugar factory (est. 1819). The Mauritian authorities allowed in 2006 the processing of sugarcane juice and thereby production of r(h)um agricole. The producer considers himself to be a pioneer of rum obtained in this way.
Mauritius was formed as a result of underwater volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The equatorial climate is extremely humid. Volcanic soil is fertile and water comes from Bois Cheri tea plantation. Fangourin from the first pressed red and yellow varieties of sugar cane is then distilled in a traditional copper column. The resulting distillate is aged for three years.