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The long journey of sugar cane

From China to the Caribbean
It all began more than 2000 years ago with sugar cane, one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants.
Originating in China, it made its way over North-Africa to the Canary Islands where it eventually traveled to Spain.
Christopher Columbus chose to bring the sugar cane plant to Brazil and the Caribbean Islands on his second journey in 1493.
The warm climate proved ideal and sugar cane plantations sprang up on nearly every Caribbean Island.
Already the initial groundwork had been laid for the success of rum production, and with it, the future success of El Dorado rum.

A “sweet grass” – the sugar cane
Sugar cane, which can grow to a height of four meters, belongs to the grass family and served as the main source of the sugar industry until 1787.
Today over one third of the sugar produced comes from beets.
Sugar cane takes about one year to ripen, at which time a flower appears at the end of the stem, either, green, yellow or violet, depending on the type and quality of the earth in which it has been planted.
During harvest the stalks are cut back just above the ground.
Because the lower part of the stem contains the most and best quality sugar, only the lower two-thirds of the stalks are actually used.

Only Guyana’s finest sugar cane finds its way to Demerara Distillers.