Project Description

NEW GROVE – SAVOIR FAIRE

Aging mostly in Limousin oak, when it comes to wood, New Grove rum is a display of cellar mastery.

The story of rum is intimately linked to the history of Mauritius. And when you savour New Grove rum, you delve into the very heart of the island and discover the taste of authenticity; carried by the inspirations of an expertise that has been constantly renewed over almost two centuries. Heritage and quality compose the quintessence of New Grove.

FROM FIELD TO GLASS

Founded in 1838, New Grove rum is produced by one of the oldest distilleries in Mauritius. The brand boasts a tagline that reads ‘from field to glass’. Its founder, Pierre Charles Harel, endeavoured to improve distillation techniques and the entire legal framework surrounding rum distillation. The historic Domaine de la Villebague is still the property of his heirs, who founded the company Grays – considered the pioneer of distillation in Mauritius. Based in the northern part of the island, New Grove rum is made on the same 7 000 hectares of land that produced sugarcane during the East India Company era.

THE PROCESS

SUGARCANE PLANTATION AND HARVEST

Spanning all through winter to summer, 90 000 tons of sugar is harvested from the 16 000 hectares of sugar cane fields.

18% of the Mauritian national electricity stock comprises of electricity generated from the estate’s sugar cane pulp and residual dried leaves.

18% of the Mauritian national electricity stock comprises of electricity generated from the estate’s sugar cane pulp and residual dried leaves.

MILLING AND MOLASSES

The estate’s sugar cane mill produces only natural and raw specialty sugars and molasses out of the 12 different types of sugar cane.

No additional sulphur is added as would be the case for white sugar production. Only the finest canes are selected from the best plots of the Domaine to produce the essential element in the concoction of these traditional rums – molasses.

No additional sulphur is added as would be the case for white sugar production. Only the finest canes are selected from the best plots of the Domaine to produce the essential element in the concoction of these traditional rums – molasses.

THE DISTILLERY

Our distillation process allows us to vary the amount of congeners according to our final rum type.

– Light = New Grove Silver Rum 100-120 g/Hl
– Full Bodied = NG Plantation Rum 250-300 g/Hl
– Heavy = New Grove Aged Rums 300-400 g/Hl

For approval of a final rum, quality control is done firstly by gas chromatography, then by a tasting panel.

– Light = New Grove Silver Rum 100-120 g/Hl
– Full Bodied = NG Plantation Rum 250-300 g/Hl
– Heavy = New Grove Aged Rums 300-400 g/Hl

For approval of a final rum, quality control is done firstly by gas chromatography, then by a tasting panel.

AGING

Barrel sizes ranges from 170-litre to 400-litre casks, and are filled at 65% volume.

30% new Limousin French oak barrels – these are well-known and used in the spirit industry for its oxygenating properties and aroma complexity, while new French oak barrels induce a lot of tannins and has a high extraction rate.70% used French oak and ex-Cognac barrels that give a smooth and mellow side to the rum.

A blend of new and used barrels will soften the tannins and enhance the aromas and mouthfeel of the final product.

30% new Limousin French oak barrels – these are well-known and used in the spirit industry for its oxygenating properties and aroma complexity, while new French oak barrels induce a lot of tannins and has a high extraction rate.70% used French oak and ex-Cognac barrels that give a smooth and mellow side to the rum. A blend of new and used barrels will soften the tannins and enhance the aromas and mouthfeel of the final product.

BLENDING AND BOTTLING 

New Grove rums are checked often and tasted to determine when to proceed with the most balanced blends depending on final targeted taste profiles.

Blending is done regularly with a slow dilution of 5% each time to reach 50% volume over the years. Final dilution is made a few months before bottling.

The bottles only contain rum and water – no sugar, no aging agents, no colourants or other additives. In order to preserve natural aromas, these rums are not chill-filtered. Only a K12 paper filer is used (retention rate 0.8 microns and thickness 0.15mm), meaning residual sediment may be found and the rums may turn cloudy when stored in a cool place.

Blending is done regularly with a slow dilution of 5% each time to reach 50% volume over the years. Final dilution is made a few months before bottling.

The bottles only contain rum and water – no sugar, no aging agents, no colourants or other additives. In order to preserve natural aromas, these rums are not chill-filtered. Only a K12 paper filer is used (retention rate 0.8 microns and thickness 0.15mm), meaning residual sediment may be found and the rums may turn cloudy when stored in a cool place.