PHILIPSBURG – If there's one thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches, is its rum. The spirit was first distilled on the islands during the 17th century when sugar plantation slaves discovered molasses – a byproduct of the refining process – could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rum producers have spent the centuries since perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending, and many of the world's best rums come from the Caribbean.
Topper's Rhum Distillery wins USA TODAY’s 10Best Caribbean Rum Distillery award proudly placing in the top five. This prestigious competition is amongst some of the most famous rum brands in the world such as Bacardi, Angostura, Brugal, Cruzan, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate and Barbancourt.
USA TODAY’s 10Best.com, provides travelers with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content around the world. At its core is the team of well-traveled and well-educated travel experts who are not only experts in their fields, but also discriminating in their tastes. They carefully selected the top 20 best rum distillery nominees and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
Topper’s Rhum, a truly locally made product, is a world-class premium rhum that is handmade, bottled, and packaged with precision right here in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. Topper’s Rhum uses only all natural premium ingredients and no preservatives. They are committed to producing the world’s best tasting rhum and flavored rhum spirits using the highest standards of quality. They are re-inventing rhum by continually innovating and delivering unique products to their customers worldwide. The company is very environmentally conscientious and well known for their signature reusable swing-top bottles. This official St. Maarten rhum is the only spirit distilled and exported from St. Maarten. They currently export to 6 countries and over 21 states in the USA and are the official rhum of the Dutch Army. By constantly expanding overseas, they are also notably promoting St. Maarten internationally. In addition, the products are sold online to almost anywhere in the world. Topper’s Rhum has been awarded 24 medals given by the most prominent rum tasting contests in the world.
Topper’s Rhum Distillery is one of the top unique places to visit on St. Maarten, according to the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. They are open from 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays for free rhum tasting and shopping.
Tours are available for $20 at 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday – Saturday by calling 721-520-0008 or booking online at www.toppersrhumtours.com and Sundays are available by appointment only. The hands-on tour is 90 minutes. A guide will walk you through the 6,000 sq. ft. distillery where you will learn a little history of rum making and a behind the scenes look at how they ferment, distill, blend and bottle. At the tasting bar you can try some of their 50 unique flavors that are in development and enjoy unlimited samples of all of their artisanal products as well as their famous rhum cake. Visit their boutique where you can purchase unique St. Maarten gifts and of course, rhum including limited edition flavors that are only available at the distillery.