39: Inside West Indies Rum Distillery with Master Distiller Don Benn


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In this episode, Master Distiller Don Benn takes us behind the scenes at West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados. Topics discussed include his 20+ year career in rum, how WIRD has changed over time, rebuilding the Rockley still, creating the Stade’s Rum brand, and more. Also, before the interview, we introduce a new segment (What Are You Buying?), and do a quick Rerum inspired by this episode’s guest.

Links for Further Reading:

”Rockley — Deconstructing the Myth” on Single Cask Rum

“A Potted History of the Rockley Still” on Rum Diaries Blog

“Bristol Spirits 1986 Rockley Still 26 YO Barbados Rum Review” on The Lone Caner

“Stade’s — A New Barbados Rum Brand Emerges” on Cocktail Wonk

“Barbados Rum Cheat Sheet” on Cocktail Wonk (for more WIRD history)

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