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Old 08-08-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Hope this was not covered somewhere, tried to do a search and came up with nothing. I came across this a few months back, and just now getting to research it more. Ramu rum is produced from sugar cane grown on the Ramu river of Papua New Guinea. Thought i read, but now can not find the same article, that is is the only rum of its kind from the region. It is not exported, made infrequently, and is generally a gift to dignitaries and special guests to the country. I think, if i recall correctly, that it can be purchased if there is avaliable bottles, but it is not exported or commercially available otherwise.
I was wondering if anyone tried it, has more info on it, pictures and such. I am a fan of all things PNG and would love to get more info.
Once again, apologized if this was covered, and if so, can someone point me to the thread. I will also search again and try to find the article, and link to it.
found this one line of info on a PNg news update from 05
Rum made from Ramu sugar was recently given to attendees of the Pacific Island Forum after their visit to Madang. It is unlikely that the people of PNG will see Ramu Rum for at least another four to five years. Ramu Sugar presently sells alcohol to distillers in PNG, Fairdeal Liquors and Trade Winds as well as exporting to Australia. Ramu is currently diversifying and has planted over 4,000 hectares of Oil Palm. They also produce beef with a current herd of 16,000 animals. This is on top of the 10,000 tonnes of sugar exported annually to the Pacific and USA.

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Old 05-03-2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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Default Ramu Rum

Hi JunkHauler,

I just visited the site last week and was purchasing Ramu Rum in nips over the bar for two nights, this is one of the best rums I have ever sampled and I was lucky enough to be one of these VIPs that has been gifted a bottle, it now lives in my cupboard and I am resisting the urge to break it open as it is still not available for purchase.

I was informed that they do not have the license to sell the spirit and there has been some serious delay in getting through the authorities, there was some consiracy that Tradewinds do not want the competition and that the alcohol percentage was inconsistantly between 47-53%

I cannot wait to get Ramu Rum on the shelves here in Australia as I do not want to crack the wax on my gift bottle as it has a serial number that will pre-date the shelf legal bottles.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:13 AM   #3
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One of the really good rums out there. Ramu Rum goes well with roast pork and a smoke.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:37 AM   #4
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Default Ramu Rum now available anywhere...

I live at Kumian/Gusap, about 20 minutes drive from Ramu here in PNG, and get to sample the product a "little too often" (according to the missus), but it's still a great drop. The bottles are all still individually numbered, but not quite the collectors item they were until recently. It's on sale at most (reputable) outlets in PNG, and all over Australia. Cost in PNG here is PGK165.00 a bottle (about $US65) and well worth it. It's cringeworthy to watch the locals mix coke with it, but their theory is that it lasts longer that way, otherwise they'd simply be jugging it down straight out of the bottle. Heaven help us when that day comes.
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