Drink in the history of the Virgin Islands
Enjoy it here and take home a piece of island history
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Rum production has been a rich and exciting part of Virgin Islands history for centuries. Let our three modern-day artisan blends transport you back to the adventure, the glamour and the romance of colonial estate life with each sip of our uniquely delicious products.
History in a Bottle
Back in the mid-1700s, the Virgin Islands were sugar producers and exporters to Europe, the Caribbean and the fledgling American colonies. When oversupply caused the sugar market to collapse in the 1820s, the islands turned to rum production to fill the void.
It was a natural because young, unaged rum — somewhat ominously known as “kill devil” — was the by-product of sugar production. Formed as part of the liquid boiled off during the process of crushing the cane to create brown sugar, it would be rum, not sugar that would transform the economy of the Virgin Islands.
We like to think of our Old Estate blended rum styles as “history in a bottle”, reminiscent of what you might have drunk in the 1800s, when swashbuckling St. Thomas rum traders bought and sold rums from the different islands.
Then — as now — only the best French, Spanish and English rums were combined to create their private reserves. By blending the best of those small batches, the estates of the Virgin Islands produced superior rums, as coveted in the drawing rooms of Europe as fine whiskeys or brandies.
Today, each estate featured by Old Estate Rums is registered by the National Registry of Historic Places of the US Department of the Interior. Our beautiful labels feature historically significant depictions of St. Thomas by Danish artist Fritz Melbye, who traveled widely throughout the Caribbean painting seascapes and harbor scenes.