Situated on the island of Barbados, considered to be the birthplace of Rum, The West Indies Rum Distillery is the island's second oldest and largest distillery with a rich tradition of producing a variety of traditional Bajan (Barbadian) Rums since it was founded in 1893.
Today, The West Indies Rum Distillery produces 80% of the island's Rum, and its portfolio consists of widely popular award-winning brands such as Cockspur Rum, Stade’s, and Plantation Rum. The West Indies Rum Distillery produces Rum for all of the bottlers in Barbados and a handful of other foreign companies.
Bajan Rums are typically produced with a combination of column and pot stills, which means Rum from Barbados is well-balanced and somewhere between light Rums and heavy, dark Rums. The West Indies Rum Distillery crafts Rum from sugar cane molasses, sourced from Barbados and Guyana.
The West Indies Rum Distillery is located in Brighton, Black Rock, in the southern parish of St. Michael on the island of Barbados, standing on a beautiful tropical beach, just a couple of feet from the sea.
It was founded in 1893 when George Stade and his brother realized their dream of crafting Barbados Rum of top-notch quality and selling it to all merchants and blenders on the island. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the mention of the “Stade’s” marque on a bottle of Barbados blended Rum from a Barbados merchant would should a rank of high quality.
The West Indies Rum Distillery uses several methods of distillation, from the modern four-column continuous still to their old traditional pot stills, as well as the only remaining Vulcan triple chamber still in the world. The facility can crank out a maximum capacity of nine million liters every year and boasts a storage capacity of over one and a half million liters.
After working together for 20 years, the distillery entered a partnership with Maison Ferrand in 2017, via Ferrand’s owner and Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel, a long-time friend and advocate of the West Indies Rum Distillery team. This means that since 2017, 100% of all Plantation Rums of Barbados Origin are produced right there.
In 2020, a new visitor center opened on the premises with guided tours and tastings available, providing insight into the rich Rum-making history of Barbados.