Tradition

Admiral George B. Rodney
1st Baron Rodney KB (1718-1792)

Admiral George B. Rodney was a brilliant naval strategist, an inveterate gambler, and an unscrupulous collector of the spoils of war. He will forever be remembered as the Admiral who broke the French line at the Battle of the Saints, thus safeguarding British control of the Caribbean.

By the spring of 1782, the French fleet, led by Admiral de Grasse, was voraciously eyeing the Caribbean sugar islands. However Admiral Rodney knew De Grasse’s intentions and pursued the French on April 12th. The famous Battle of the Saints began. The two fleets met on opposite courses in-line near Les Iles des Saints; but a sudden change of wind confused the French, and gaps appeared in their line. With a flash of tactical genius, Rodney ordered his ships to turn 90 degrees and break the French line. In doing so the guns on both sides of the English ships were brought to bear on the French with little risk of return fire. De Grasse could not reform his line and by late afternoon his 130 gun flagship, Ville de Paris, struck her colours giving Rodney victory and the English hegemony in the Caribbean.

The Admiral Rodney series of award-winning rums celebrates the famous naval battle and toasts the courage and valour of British sailors who “broke the line” and vanquished the French fleet.

Collection

Already a multi-award-winning rum from Saint Lucia, Admiral Rodney has evolved further and has been re-launched with 2 additional portfolio mates to create a range of 3 exquisite rums. Admiral Rodney has been labeled by some of the world’s most respected rum aficianados as the best pure rum made on a traditional twin column Coffey still. Staying true to what has made Admiral Rodney such a great success, the three releases of Admiral Rodney are exceptional blends of aged column distilled rums of different age ranges. These rums were withdrawn from the column on lower plates to capture natural characters of the rum, which develops over time aging in oak casks. Each individual expression shows the meticulous talents of the St. Lucia Distiller’s Master Blender, Evanus Harris.

HMS Princessa

Admiral Rodney Princessa is 100% Coffey still rum aged exclusively in American white oak bourbon casks. All the rums have been aged between 5 and 9 years…

HMS Royal Oak

Admiral Rodney Royal Oak is Saint Lucia Distillers original blend of 100% Coffey still rums aged in American white oak bourbon casks aged 7 to 12 years…

HMS Formidable

Admiral Rodney Formidable is 100% Coffey still rums aged in American white oak bourbon casks. The base distillates have been aged for a minimum of 9 to 12 years…

Collection

HMS Princessa

Admiral Rodney Princessa is 100% Coffey still rum aged exclusively in American white oak bourbon casks. All the rums have been aged between 5 and 9 years…

HMS Royal Oak

Admiral Rodney Royal Oak is Saint Lucia Distillers original blend of 100% Coffey still rums aged in American white oak bourbon casks aged 7 to 12 years…

HMS Formidable

Admiral Rodney Formidable is 100% Coffey still rums aged in American white oak bourbon casks. The base distillates have been aged for a minimum of 9 to 12 years…

Our Craftsmanship

It is without question, column distillation transformed how rums throughout the Caribbean were produced in the 20th century. Some of the keynote advantages were centered around efficiency. The Aeneas Coffey twin column design became a popular choice for rum producers in the British West Indies. As demand for lighter and cheaper rum grew, some distilleries around the Caribbean added more plates and eventually more columns to make even lighter spirits with less congeners. Many rums today are distilled on multi-column stills with numerous plates making rums washed of any natural character. It is these rums that have contributed to some of the negative perception of column distillation of rum.

The column still at St. Lucia Distillers is a traditional twin column Coffey still commissioned in 1985. The Admiral Rodney rums have the fingerprint of Saint Lucian rum, which is a rum character unparalleled to any other fine aged rum. The rich flavor profile is undoubtedly from the brilliance of extracting pure rum on lower plates in the rectifier column with lower alcohol by volume. These are heavier bodied rums than most column distilled rums and deserve extended periods of aging in oak casks to fully evolve into the Saint Lucia’s most prized liquid treasure.

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