Saint Lucian Spirits
Piton beer, brewed in Saint Lucia
Travelling throughout the Caribbean you quickly find that each island produces its own signature rums. While there are always popular imports available, loyalty rules on every island as a local rum is the best seller. In Saint Lucia, this is no exception. The island’s rum producer, St. Lucia Distillers, makes over 25 varieties of rums, rum products and liqueurs, many of which are featured at resorts, bars and rum shops island wide.
The most popular of the rums are their dark varieties. Bounty, known as ‘the spirit of Saint Lucia’, is St. Lucia Distiller’s basic mixing rum. Generally, resort bars use Bounty in most of their cocktails including the standard rum and coke. A more refined rum suitable for cocktails or to be enjoyed neat by more sophisticated rum drinkers, Chairman’s Reserve, has dramatically grown in popularity over the past few years. St. Lucia Distiller’s flagship rum is Admiral Rodney’s, named of course after the British naval hero who played a very prominent role in the island’s history. The award winning 12 year old Admiral Rodney’s is hailed as one of the finest rums produced anywhere.
A fine selection of white rums is produced as well. Three of the most popular rum liqueurs are the coffee flavoured Javalatte, Nutz and Rum, flavoured with peanuts and spices, and Créme la Caye.
St. Lucia Distillers is located in the midst of the banana fields in the Roseau Valley. For those interested in learning more about rum production, they offer an excellent tour which, of course, includes rum tasting.
Anyone who has been to Saint Lucia already knows Piton Beer. Named after the island’s most famous landmarks – and found adorning the beer’s label – Piton is a crisp and refreshing pilsner lager that most find to be a perfect thirst quencher for the tropics. Piton is produced locally at the Windward & Leeward Brewery in Vieux Fort meaning you’ll always find a fresh one at hand.
Under licensing agreements, Windward & Leeward also produces Heineken, Guinness and Amstel Bright, three internationally renowned brands which are very popular with locals. Also popular are the lemon, sorrel or ginger flavoured Piton Shandy products, which have a very low alcohol content, and Piton Malta, a non-alcoholic malt beverage.