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Old 04-27-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Some Pics of mine from Guyana

I snapped a lot of Pics in Guyana both of the countryside and at the Diamond Distillery. Here is just a couple (I will add a few more tomorrow.)




This is me at the DDL Heritage Center where I was officially confirmed as a connoisseur of El Dorado Rum. I tasted the Entire Line-up right to the 25 Year Old. (I was told that DDL usually charges $15.00 US for this tasting during tour events)



That's me at Kaieteur Falls, the largest single drop Water Falls in the World (three times taller than Niagara Falls). That black stuff I'm standing on is actually a slippery fungus that grows on the rocks.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Here is a Picture of me standing atop the Large Double Wooden Pot still. (They call it the Port Mourant Still as it was originally part of the Port Maurant Estate.) It felt kinda cool standing on one of the most famous Rum Stills in the entire world.




I was unaware of this still. It is part of the Old Plant and they call it the High Ester Still. I am not positive but I saw a replica of a still in the Heritage Centre called the John Dore High Ester Still. I believe it is this one.



Finally this is the new plant which is already functioning. It contains a four column continuous still, and two new Coffey Stills. Rum Production is being transferred over to the new plant (It will be officially commissioned soon). However, all of the stills in the Old Plant are still functioning. They are being kept to produce unique marques of rum which cannot be duplicated by the new stills. These unique marques are required for many Demerara Rum blends.
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Dunno if it's my browser or something else, Chip, but I'm not seeing any pictures...
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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Are they visible Now?

(I have to leave for the day so if they are not, I will try to fix this tonight.)
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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Yep all good now, great pics, looks like a fantastic trip!
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DDL is an amazing place, historically and as a rum producer. Not only is there a lot of history there but they are working hard to preserve the products on which they have built their reputation for quality rums.
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This is an open air Fermentation Tank at the Diamond Estate Distillery (Demerara Distillers) near Georgetown Guyana. The open tank allows natural elements in the environment to interact with the fermentation. Since the location is at (or perhaps even below) sea level, the fermentation is exposed to unique elements not found anywhere else in the world which contribute to the unique character of Demerara Rum.



DDL also has closed fermentation tanks. These tanks are used to recapture the CO2 which is a byproduct of the fermentation. The captured CO2 is used to carbonate beverages (DDL manufactures Pepsi Cola as well as several of their own brands of carbonated beverages), and it is also used in other industrial processes which include the manufacture of dry ice.
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Oddly enough, I can see them when I try to reply, but not when I'm just viewing the page. Good pix...when are you going topmost the write up on your site?
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I am almost finished my write-up, but I will not publish anything until I get some confirmation of certain facts from DDL. Although I tried really hard to write good notes during the tours, inevitably misunderstandings occur. I want to get it right before I publish.
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This is the Single Wooden Pot Still (Versailles Still). That Large Alembic causes massive reflux which is one of the reasons the still produces such a rich flavourful rum.
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