- On the waterfront, just north of Bridgetown, the West India Rum Refinery Ltd. has been a pioneer in scientific rum making since 1893. Today, the West India Rum Refinery makes rum for bottlers on this island and others around the world, but does not bottle any of its own products.
Beginning with the five-day fermentation, every step of the process is performed under strict scientific control. A small quantity of molasses is used to grow the special yeast culture for twenty-four hours in the laboratory. This is transferred to a larger container and then outside to the large, steel vats where the fermentation is completed.
After fermentation, most of the fermented wine is distilled in a four-column, continuous still to a strength of 95% alcohol by volume. The remainder is distilled in a steam-fired pot still to about 75% alcohol by volume. The products of these two stills are light and heavy rums, respectively.
Since rum is made here from molasses and there is no bagasse to burn, the West India Rum Refinery burns fuel oil to make the steam necessary for the still pot and four-column distillation equipment. Conveniently, one of the major fuel depots in Barbados is located next to the distillery. After distillation, the rum is shipped to customers or stored in barrels for aging in the warehouse adjacent to the distillery. On the head of each barrel, markings indicate the alcohol content, owner's name, the date the barrel was filled, and a lot number for identification. The barrels are also marked with yellow and black bands. If the rum came from the continuous still, the barrel will have a black band. Yellow bands indicate rum from the pot still.
In addition to distilling alcohol for the rum bottlers, high-strength alcohol produced here is also bottled as vodka or flavored with juniper berries and bottled as gin. Other products made from the alcohol produced here are Malibu Coconut Rum, Gilbey's Gin, and Chelsea Gin.
To make a high quality product, you have to start with quality ingredients. One of these ingredients is water. In Barbados, the island itself contributes to the high quality of the water. The coral formations that support most of this island are credited with filtering the well water used to make the rum here.
- There are 5 products in our database bottled by Hanschell Innis Ltd.
- Cockspur 1639
- Cockspur Bajan 12 Crafted Rum
- Cockspur Fine Rum
- Cockspur Old Gold, Eight Star
- Cockspur VSOR