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The unique stills

During the distillation process Demerara Distillers uses some truly unique stills originating from different estates in Guyana.
Guyana’s stills are now all located and centralized at the Demerara Distillery at the Diamond complex.
The stills operated and described are truly one of a kind in the world.
The fact they are made of wood contributes to the uniqueness of the Demerara El Dorado rums as the wood of the stills lends additional unique flavors to the rums.

Wooden Coffey Continuous Still - Enmore
Mr. Coffey made some improvements to the original design of a continuous still and patented same, hence the name Coffey Continuous Still. In a continuous still the fermented molasses (“beer”) is added to the top of the column, while steam is injected at the very bottom. This simultaneous process allows the alcohol vapors to rise to the top of the column and to condense to rum, this all in a relative short time frame. The wooden (made from greenheart wood, a extremely hard and strong large tree, native to Guyana) Coffey continuous still was first located at the Enmore Sugar Estate where it was erected in 1832. The Enmore Sugar Estate and the attached distillery were founded by Mr. Edward Henry Porter and this all nearly 200 years ago.
The rum mark made on the wooden Coffey continuous still is referred to as “Enmore” or “EHP” this after Mr. Edward Henry Porter.
The wooden Coffey Continuous still is now located at Demerara Distillers Diamond complex.
The Enmore still is the only operational wooden continuous still in the world today.

Wooden Single Pot Still – Versailles
A pot still product is in general referred to as a product that is the result of a double distillation process in pots. This definition is true for other types of liquor like Cognac.
This Single Pot Still produced by Demerara Distillers however is distilled once.
In a pot still a quantity of fermented molasses (“beer”) is put in the pot and boiled.
The vapors that are released as a result of the boiling are trapped in the condensers and condensed to rum, this all in small batches and in a long time frame.
The wooden single pot still was first located at the Versailles Estate on the West Bank of the Demerara River.
The Versailles still is now located at Demerara Distillers Diamond complex and is the only operational wooden single pot still in the world.

Wooden Double Pot Still – Port Mourant
The wooden double pot still was first located at the Port Mourant Estate. Founded in 1732 the Port Mourant Estate is reckoned as one of the oldest estates in the world.
The Port Mourant or PM rum was a very popular basis for the rums consumed by the British Royal Navy.
The Port Mourant still is now located at Demerara Distillers Diamond complex and is the only operational wooden double pot still in the world.

Other Stills
The Demerara distillery also boasts the ability to produce nine completely different types (marks) of rum on the very versatile Savalle and Coffey stills, a feat which no other distillery can boast.