Rums Overrun St. Croix Thanks to Cruzan and Captain

Photo Credit: Kelly Greer

Photo Credit: Kelly Greer

On St. Croix there is a surplus of rum, as the island houses distilleries for both Captain Morgan© and Cruzan©.  The spirit is inexpensive on-island (one liter of light aged Cruzan retails around $7), so it  is extremely popular with locals and tourists.  The U.S. Virgin Islands ranked number one in worldwide spirit consumption (source: International Wine & Spirit Research, 2006).

Founding Dates

While Cruzan Rum has existed on-island since 1934, Captain Morgan began production here in 2011.

Distilleries

Photo Credit: St.CroixTourism.com

Photo Credit: St.CroixTourism.com

The Captain Morgan rum distillery is located on St. Croix’s south shore, just off the highway.  The 40-minute tour takes visitors via tram around the distillery grounds, including stops at the grand sails, tavern / tasting bar, “behind the label” theater and retail store.  The cost is $10 per adult ($3 per resident), which includes two bar credits.  On Trip Advisor, the tour is currently ranked 14 of 18 attractions in Frederiksted, receiving a 3/5 average rating.

Photo Credit: Cruzan Rum Distillery

Photo Credit: Cruzan Rum Distillery

The Cruzan rum distillery is located mid-island, near the airport.  Visitors on the 20-minute tour get to see and smell the way rum is made, touring the inner workings of the factory.  Guests can also enjoy drinks in the bar / gift shop.  Original parts of the Estate Diamond property have been converted to serve the present distillery: the great house is now the main office and a sugar mill is used as a cistern.  The cost is $5 per person, which includes four tasting samples and two drinks.  On Trip Advisor, the tour is currently ranked 5 of 18 attractions in Frederiksted, receiving a 4.5/5 average rating.

Products

Captain Morgan is known for its spiced rums.  Current product offerings include:

  •  Long Island Iced Tea
  •  Black Jamaica Rum
  •  Original Spiced Gold
  •  100 Proof Spiced
  •  Private Stock

Cruzan is recognized for their flavored rums.  Current product offerings include:

  •  Single Barrel
  •  Estate Diamond Dark / Light
  •  Aged Dark / Light
  •  9 Spiced
  •  Black Strap
  • 151 Proof
  • Velvet Cinnamon
  • Flavors: Peach, Coconut, Key Lime, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Mango, Black Cherry, Banana, Vanilla, Citrus, Raspberry, Guava, Orange, Pineapple

Ready to become a rum aficionado?  Download our free guide, The 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix (bargain rum is only one of them!).  

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