The documented history of Botany Bay begins in 1703 when Balthazar Casper Busch began clearing land on the secluded western tip of the island where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea blend together. With continual threats of hurricanes, droughts and disease, life on the island of St. Thomas in those days was far from the tropical paradise that exists today. It was through sheer determination that Busch developed this parcel of land into the first modest sugar works which would ultimately become Botany Bay Estate.
In 1784 when Nathaniel Alt took over the estate, Botany Bay reached its potential as a full-fledged sugarcane estate. It is therefore in honor of this rich past that we present to you our Botany Bay Estate Reserve Rum – a rare and delicious artisan rum that embodies the cultural history of St. Thomas.
Botany Bay Rum is a custom, small batch (approx. 1250 bottles/ batch) rum that is historically representative of the estate rums at Botany Bay estate on the west end of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. These private reserve rums were used for special family occasions and visiting dignitaries. In the 1800’s Caribbean rum was traded in small artisan lots that were blended to yield one of a kind excellence that made the islands famous.
The rums were aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Rum Flavors, Origin and Aging
Botany Bay is a blend of 3Yr. aged Barbados rum, 5Yr. aged Guatemala rum, smooth light Trinidad rum, and uniquely powerful rum from Martinique. This is the best of French & English flavor styles.
Distilled from fresh cane juice in small pot stills for the heavy character and some short column stills for a lighter proﬁle. Using cane juice as opposed to molasses yields a grassy/Smokey character for the more discerning pallet.