St Maarten is known for many things –turquoise waters, Johnny cakes, and grilled Caribbean lobster among them. But one would be remiss if they didn’t try the rums created on this beautiful island, all of which are rich with history, tropical vibe, and exquisite taste. Here are four of the most popular rums made on St Maarten:
Guavaberry rum has been made on St Maarten for centuries and is the national liquor of the island. This guavaberry derivative is unlike the other species that grow around the world. Its taste is a pungent mix of sweet and bitter, and it is so cherished by the people, there are folk songs about it.
Made in a quaint little art shack near Orient Beach, this rum is a journey in flavor. Starting from the eye-catching painted bottles and finishing with unique flavor combinations, such as vanilla bean and orange cinnamon, Ma Dou Dou is a bestseller. Book a St Maarten car rental and trek through the island to locate the cottage where the rum has been made for over 20 years – it’s worth it!
This potent mix is aged for 4 years in barrels that once housed whiskey and bourbon. It’s light brown hue and deep flavor are both surprising and delectable.
From the owners of one of St Maarten’s most popular restaurants comes this tribute to hostility and flavor. Cultivated out of appreciation of their restaurant guests and provided as an after dinner appreciation sample, this flavorful rum has grown in popularity but continues to be family made. Book a tour of Topper’s Rhum Distillery.
Take a trip to Phillipsburg’s Front Street to buy these beauties or book this Walking Foodie Tour of Philipsburg to enjoy a taste before you leave the island. Make sure to take a little St Maarten home with you – you’ll be glad you did.