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Old 09-13-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default Demerara rums not made in Guyana

Does anyone know which or give me examples of demerara rums that are not made in Guyana? and where they are made? as well as demerara rums that are made in Guyana? not counting in El Dorado here.
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Does anyone know which or give me examples of demerara rums that are not made in Guyana? and where they are made? as well as demerara rums that are made in Guyana? not counting in El Dorado here.
I'd be curious to hear answers / thoughts / interpretations to this question. I understood Demerera to be considered a country-within or region of Guyana (specific).

If accurate, not sure how we could have a true Demerera rum that wasn't made in "Guyana". I know the sugar title has been taken generically out of context, but I believe Ed said there is litigation or investigation into halting producers out of region from titling their cane product "Demerera".
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As far as i have understood from what i`ve read, a rum made with sugar from this region in Guyana can be called a demerara rum even if its made out of Guyana...

I know most "Demerara" sugar now is made in Mauritius.
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As far as i have understood from what i`ve read, a rum made with sugar from this region in Guyana can be called a demerara rum even if its made out of Guyana...

I know most "Demerara" sugar now is made in Mauritius.
That (Mauritius production) is "Demerara" Style sugar in my opinion Tiare. Please see my photo attachment below for what I consider false labeling on a sugar product, and a place name abuse in my opinion.

If the rum is made in Demerara and aged/bottled elsewhere, and can provide provenance to its' origins, Then it could claim to be Demerara.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:26 PM   #5
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I also believe that Demerara is a region in Guyana, and I have never seen a rum from outside Guyana that bears this title. There could be rum bought from this region and aged and/or blended in another country, like the Plantation rum line, which is made in France. They have a Guyana rum, but they do not refer to it as Demerara, as far as I know. Look for more exact info from others as they post.
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Just to be clear, I was speaking of rum made / produced outside of Guyana and the said region - not rum that might have been produced in the region but sold to mature and bottle elsewhere.

Like Runner said, I've heard of Demerera style, Cuban style... or recipe... or tradition etc.
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I've been told by folks at Demerara US that they were working to stop some rum products from being erroneously labeled as Demerara rum. I've seen rum labeled Demerara that was not from Guyana, but not lately.
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I, for one, am happy to hear that DDL has been taking steps to protect their place name.
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Do you have any examples of rums that have been sold as demeraras but not been from Guyana?
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Demerara rum has to be distilled in Guyana. A lot of the rum distilled by/at DDL is shipped in bulk to other parts of the world, such as Europe and North America, and either blended with rums from other parts of the Caribbean, or bottled on its own.

Wood's Overproof Demerara is a good example of the latter and can still be called Demerara even though it is bottled outside of Guyana. Incidentally, you won't find Wood's anywhere in Guyana or anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Of course, if Guyanese rum is blended with non-Guyanese rum, it can no longer be called Demerara.

El Dorado rum on sale in the UK will say "bottled in Guyana" on the label if it has indeed been bottled there. If the label doesn't have that on it, then the rum will have been shipped in bulk and bottled in Europe - this certainly used to be the case for rums at the cheaper end of the range such as White, Gold and Dark.

In the past, every sugar estate in Guyana had its own distillery and that includes the huge Berbice estates such as Blairmont, Albion, Port Mourant and Skeldon. The rums from these distilleries were still called Demerara, even though they weren't situated in Demerara county itself. Some of the stills from the Berbice distilleries are now to be found at DDL's Diamond Distillery on the East Bank of the Demerara River.

(Banks/DIH buy rum in bulk from DDL, then age, blend and bottle it as XM.)

Finally, most of the "Demerara" sugar in the world is not Guyanese, as previous posters have stated, but Mauritian. Unfortunately the rules governing sugar production are not as strict as those governing rum production.
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