Sugarcane first arrived in St Lucia in the 1700s, with the thriving rum trade close on its heels. By the 1950s, however, most Caribbean rum-producing islands had slowed their pace, and St Lucia was no exception: only two producers remained, located in Dennery & Roseau. The Barnard Family soon brought the two together under the shared banner of St Lucia Distillers Group. The last operating distillery on the island now remains in Roseau.
St Lucia Distillers continues to produce stellar rums in the island’s historic style while pursuing extensive environmental initiatives. A small amount of cane is still grown locally on the island and used in rum production, but the distillery primarily works with molasses sourced from Bonsucro-certified molasses suppliers in the Dominican Republic.
Admiral Rodney is a range of award-winning rums, named in honor of the British officer credited for tactics resulting in the defeat of the French in a major 1782 battle for control of the Caribbean known as the Battle of the Saints. Admiral Rodney rums are produced using a traditional twin-column Coffey still; distillate is drawn from the lower plates of the still to capture rum of a particularly robust and expressive nature.