Demerara Distillers have the advantage of three centuries of perfecting the art of ageing and blending which distinguishes the taste of Demerara.
Ageing and maturing in oak
The ‘Art of Rum’ continues with the ageing in wood of the signature rums from each still. After first being reduced to the required strengths, they are drawn down from the huge stainless steel storage tanks and stored for as much as thirty years in 45 gallon oak casks (once-used whisky barrels). During this process the rum acquires, through contact with the oak, its golden to deep brown colour and rich mellow character.
These hand-coopered barrels are stored on racks in custom-built warehouses with a capacity of 65,000 oak casks. This is soon to be increased to 85,000, which would arguably make it the largest stock of aged Caribbean Rums in the world.
Ageing at ambient temperature under tropical climatic conditions contributes crucially to the mellow smoothness of the final spirit, with its complex flavours and rich aromas that make Demerara Rums so unique.
The flavours of oak wood from the barrels and the complexities of the interaction between wood and spirit are greatly enhanced by the tropical climate of Guyana. The ageing process is significantly speeded up by the high humidity and steady temperature – resulting in a Demerara 8 year old rum, for instance, having a maturity equal to that of a 16 year old spirit produced in colder climates.
Blending - with 300 years of tradition
The final magic is carried out by the art of our Master Blender, drawing on the skills and traditions perfected over the centuries. It is his careful selection and hand crafting which adds individuality and style to the final blend. All the complex elements of the blend are then allowed to marry together until the desired aroma and flavour are achieved.
When the Master Blender is satisfied, the results are reduced to bottle strength and bottled on site at the Distillery’s new state-of-the art bottling plant.
A blend can be a combination of signature rums (or Marques) from different Stills, often of a specific vintage or batch, skillfully combined to produce a particular flavour and strength. This ensures continuity of flavour and quality, year on year, throughout the vast range and diversity of rums that Demerara Distillers produce for their El Dorado brand.
Quality Control to ISO 9002 Standards
Demerara Distillers was built on the pillar of a stringent Quality Assurance programme, reflected in the fact that in 1995 the company became the first distiller in the Caribbean to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation – the premier International Quality Assurance Award.
Our reputation for quality, reliability and excellence is supported by Quality Control carried out at all stages of production – including organoleptic testing before submission for approval by the main tasting panel.