Perched 300 meters above the coast of South West Mauritius, the Rhumerie de Chamarel lies in a fertile valley influenced by its own micro-climate. Set in a charming chalet, exhibiting tropical and traditional vibes, The Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery will have you learn all you need to know about Rum making on paradise island. You will get to enjoy a boozily delicious rum tasting session, discovering the different flavours of rum the distillery manufactures.
It also offers a guided tour with one of the experienced guides who takes you behind the scenes to provide a detailed explanation of the rum making process while you visit the distillery. This activity lets you choose from 2 options. You can enjoy a quaint visit and rum tasting or you can choose the second option which would enable you to have a delicious lunch as well as a visit and rum tasting.
A truly unique tourist attraction, it encompasses a distillery and an agricultural plantation on an eco-friendly estate.As part of the rum tasting you will be invited to sample a selection of rums such as the: White Rum, Coeur de Chauffe, Chamarel Liquors, Exotic- Flavoured Rums and the Old Rum. Some important information is mentioned below for your understanding:
☆ The Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery tour is done in either English or French at the duration of the tour is of about 30 to 40 minutes.
☆ Price for the Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery Tour – 11 Euros, per person (adult)
6 Euros, per child (3-12)
☆ Location- South West
☆ Operating Hours: 09:00 – 16:30
☆ Operating Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday!
La Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the rare distilleries still in activity to cultivate its own sugarcane. They are carefully selected and grown exclusively for the production of the Chamarel Rums: here lies the first secret of its quality. The harvest is done by hand, without ever burning the crops, and extends between July to December. The identification of the various crops and their traceability will allow the Master Blender to select the finest lots for the White Rums and the Old Rums.
The freshly harvested sugarcane is then transferred within 4 hours to the Distillery to preserve its freshness and aromas. The first pressed sugarcane juice is filtered, then taken to 25HL stainless steel vats to initiate the alcoholic fermentation. Their selection of yeasts and controlled parameters allow the development of a unique aromatic bouquet.
One of the highlights of the distillery’s guided tour is definitely the Rum tasting. At the end of the tour, unique rum tastings are offered where one can try the selection of the agricultural Rums produced by the distillery. As opposed to the traditional rum produced by the distillation of molasses, the agricultural rum is obtained by distilling pure cane juice, a process which gives it its specific aromas and flavors.
At the Chamarel Distillery, various means of distillation are available thanks to the complexity of their devices. The White Rum is distilled in a Barbet type plate column, entirely made of copper. This column allows the separation of heads, heart and tail, which guarantees an optimum quality. The Double Distillation Rum is distilled in two 20HL copper stills, following the Cognac method. This distillation technique allows for a remarkable finesse. This process is very uncommon for Rum preparation, and makes it a unique product.
The distilled rum is stocked for at least 6 months in stainless steel vats for a slow and gradual decrease of the alcohol content, allowing it to acquire a pleasant roundness and its full expression. Part of the White Rum is transferred to ageing cellars. Barrels, casks, ovals, French oak, American oak, 18 months, 3 years, 6 years, …an array of combinations and mystery allow the White Rum to obtain its aromas, its roundness and its colour. As long as the angels are watching over the Rums, they have all their time
Do add this to your itinerary whenever you visit Mauritius next! Hasta-La-Vista!