One popular gift to give down here in the Turks and Caicos can be found at The Wine Cellar on Leeward Highway. We hope that next time you’re down here in the Turks & Caicos, you’ll take a hop on over and buy some of this exquisite Bambarra Rum.
The Caribbean has been known, of course, for centuries for its amazing rum collections. Bambarra Rum, in particular, is a celebration of the legacy of freedom, and the unique, diverse and exciting cultural heritage of the Turks. Named for some of the original settlers, the word Bambarra comes from a fascinating piece of history that forever changed the face of the Turks and Caicos and that is representative of the current population of locals. In 1841, a Spanish slave ship called the Trouvadore shipwrecked off the coast of the Turks, thus granting freedom to those bound for a life of bondage. The Africans were from the Mande tribe and they spoke Bambarra, hence the name of this delicious rum. Upon arrival, these individuals were given their freedom, and they instilled traditions and cultural practices that still endure in the Turks today. They brought the yearly masquerading party called Maskanoo, they brought intricate craft weaving and they brought the fine art of smoothly blended sugar cane rum. Both the white and gold 2 year old blends of Bambarra rum are excellent when mixed into popular cocktails like Cuba Libres and Mojitos. The 8 year old blend is exceptionally smooth and rich, with hints of Vanilla, Oak, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. This is best enjoyed straight up or on the rocks. Next time you are down in the Turks, be sure to pick up a few bottles for yourself and a few bottles as gifts for friends.