Mauritius. – Personal research has shown that rum tastes better on an Indian Ocean Island.
But just to be sure, inbetween the indulgences and joyful decadence, we headed to the Rhumerie de Chamarel, a beautiful estate in the South West of the island that has invested much into creating a world class product and destination, achieving both. A tour and tasting through their range of flavoured and casket aged rums, left me set on the Mandarin Liqueur and Double Distilled as my personal favourites.
One of the best things about this visit though, besides the fine spirits, was the approach. Driving through some of the remaining indigenous forest in the protected Black River Gorges National Park. Here from the lush green of tall protected trees and dense ferns, we found sugarcane plantations as far as the eyes could see. Then suddenly the red roofs of the distillery arose.
They have a restaurant which looked good, although we opted to go round the corner and lunch with a view towards the ocean. Either would work very well.
Read more about my trip here. Videos to follow.