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Queens, New York
July 3, 2007
While walking through the streets of the beach town of Can Garden Bay, my family and I decided to see one of the main tourist attractions in the area; The Callwood Rum Distillery. While following the directions that our cab driver had given us, we walked through the town of Cane Garden Bay until we descended upon the distillery. Set back a long empty road behind a series of houses, this distillery looked more like a barn than a house of rum. While we were approaching the barn, random roosters and chickens that run rampant on this island were looking at us and examining us for intruding on their territory. When we entered the building, the overwhelming aroma of distilled rum was piercing our nostrils and enticing our taste buds.
For the immense size of the building, the store was surprisingly small; able to fit maybe 7 or 8 people at a time. All along the top of the room were shelves with odd looking bulbous glass containers with pure rum cane in them from the previous rum batches. There is one person behind the counter giving taste testings of different rums and even of flavored wines for free and explaining the process. The wines are a bit sweet but range from Pineapple to Orange and a fruit stand worth’s more in between of flavors for a relatively inexpensive price. The rums are a more palette pleasing and run in cheaper range considering the operation’s size and the quantity you are getting. I bought a pint sized bottle of Dark Rum for $10 and larger bottles are a bit more but worth it. However, remember that with new flight restrictions, you can’t carry on liquid bottles of more than 3oz. So pack them away. Otherwise, enjoy the rum and the experience, its so worth it.
From journal Escape From Reality
August 12, 2006
From journal Sailing with Siblings in the BVI