What’s your favorite brand of rum? For me, it’s always been Malibu Coconut Rum. Rum is my favorite libation to add to my fruitiest drinks. It was awesome to know that ten minutes from my hometown was the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the US. Bayou Rum Distillery is in Lacassine, LA, right off Interstate 10.
Detail has been placed in the layout and design of the distillery. The grounds have a pond filled with ducks, an old house that they are currently renovating, and a barn.
The Visitors Center contains a gift shop, tasting room, viewing room, and the distillery, which contains a lab, bottling room, and tall racks that contained barrels of aged rum. It is worth noting that the molasses and sugar, used to make the rum, is provided by a local sugar cane farm that has been serving Louisiana for the last seven generations.
It is worth noting that the distillery offers free tours and tastings, yes, free! All you have to do is sign up on their website or stop while passing through.
The Viewing Room
In the viewing room, they have unique pieces of art that tells the history of sugar cane in Louisiana. Here is an antique sugar cane press that was used in the past on sugar cane farms. Everything was done by hand.
Barrels can be purchased and used to age your own rum. They range in size from small to large, just like they use in the distillery for the aging process.
You can see firsthand how Bayou Rum is made from start to finish with all processes from pasteurization, fermentation, distilling, and aging in its bottle storage. For each batch of rum, someone has the awesome of tasting each batch. Who knew you can get paid to drink on the job?!
After the tour, you are taken to the tasting room to sample each type of rum offered. You are only allowed to taste two types of rum at a time. I recommend that you bring someone with you. If you do, you can share the tastings and can taste all four: Select, Silver, Spiced, and Satsuma.
Their Spiced rum is good for baking as well. You can taste their Chocolate Satsuma and Traditional Spiced rum cakes, which is available to purchase. The final tasting consists of a mixed drink made with Satsuma rum liquor.
This tasting made me realize why I do not like my alcohol on the rocks. I’ll stick to my lovely concoctions of my favorite spirit and mixture. The liquor was my favorite of all four. Hence my love for fruity libations. With the Spiced rum, you can really taste the spiced flavor which is why I see that it is good for baking the Traditional Spiced rum cake.
I recommend the Bayou Rum, Louisiana Spirits Distillery as a stop when traveling through Louisiana. Before leaving purchase your favorite Bayou Rum, clothing, drinkware and accessories, cakes and chocolates, or unique gifts. Happy Drinking!