The evolution of rum distillation dates back nearly 400 years. Upon arriving in Guyana in 1498, Christopher Columbus began planting the soon-to-be cash crop, sugar cane. 150 years later the Dutch came to Guyana and established the first settlements of Essequibo and Berbice, introducing the cultivation of sugar cane along the coastal plain and the banks of the great rivers.
At its peak Guyana was home to over 300 sugar estates with distilleries, each producing their own signature rums. Over the years these 300 sugar estates were whittled down to one lone estate and distillery, “Plantation Diamond,” located on the east bank of the Demerara River. The parent company for El Dorado and Diamond Reserve is Demerara Distillers Limited, aka “DDL,” where Plantation Diamond is located. They are the only producer of Demerara Rum in the world.
Diamond Reserve is the brand name of DDL’s introductory and lightly aged rums. The Diamond Reserve brand was created to differentiate between the aged rums of El Dorado (3 years or more) and the introductory spirits produced by DDL. These rums are designed to mix into cocktails, as well as for sipping on their own.
For the line of fine aged rums by Demerara Distillers Limited at Plantation Diamond, please see the brand page for El Dorado.