sugar cane juice
traditional copper column
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The Dutch colonizers settled on the island and named it Mauritius, after Prince Maurice of Orange. They introduced the cultivation of sugar cane, which had a profound impact on the island's future land utilization. The French colonizers brought slaves from Africa and renamed the island as Île de France, a name lacking originality. The British reinstated the name Mauritius and abolished slavery, but they introduced a system known as indentured servitude. The voluntarily displaced Indians noticed that it bore striking similarities to slavery. In 1968, Mauritius gained independence and inherited a nation marked by ethnic and religious divisions. Economically, Mauritius was heavily dependent on sugarcane monoculture, which rendered it susceptible to crop failures and volatile prices
determined by external factors.
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.
According to the World Bank, Mauritius currently ranks thirteenth in terms of favorable business conditions. The country has experienced remarkable economic growth, with GDP per capita increasing from around $200 in 1968 to over $11,000 in 2018. Well, Mauritius does not possess significant oil deposits or other abundant natural resources. Instead, its strong and stable economic growth can be attributed to effective economic policies based on the Taiwanese model, which have led to structural transformation and market diversification. Key sectors driving the economy include textile and clothing, seafood processing and the blue economy, financial services, retail and wholesale trade, and information and communications technology. Mauritius is widely regarded as the only "fully free" democracy in Africa, although it is essential to consider the context. All jokes aside, Mauritius owes its economic miracle to pragmatic governance and liberal economic policies.
Half of the island's land is dedicated to agriculture, with 90% of it being used for sugar cane farming, contributing around 4% to the country's GDP. Sugar cane even adorns the national emblem. Despite this, Mauritius is a relatively recent entrant in the rum industry, which is predominantly dominated by Caribbean producers. It's primarily due to the country's limited domestic market and its emphasis on implementing the Sugar Protocol. This agreement ensured Mauritius secured guaranteed quotas and preferential pricing for its sugar exports to the EU market over several decades. However, subsidies came to an end in 2017, leading to a sharp decline in prices. The pragmatic Mauritians astutely utilized restructuring funds and discovered innovative ways to capitalize on our beloved perennial.
he Mauritian authorities allowed in 2006 the processing of sugarcane juice and thereby production of r(h)um. The producer considers himself to be a pioneer of rum obtained in this way.
Saint Albinus (French: Aubin d'Angers) is invoked against pirate attacks and for the well-being of sick children. While both intentions metaphorically hit the mark, the distillery's name actually comes from Pierre de Saint Aubin, the manager of the plantation located in the southern part of the island, along with the adjacent sugar factory (established in 1819). In 2006, the Mauritian authorities granted permission for the processing of sugarcane juice and the production of rum. The producer sees themselves as a pioneer of rum produced in this way.
Mauritius emerged from underwater volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, leaving behind fertile volcanic soil. The equatorial climate of the island is characterized by high humidity. Water for the distillation process is sourced from the Bois Cheri tea plantation. The fangourin, obtained from the initial pressing of red and yellow sugar cane varieties, is then distilled using a traditional copper column. The resulting distillate is aged for three years.