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Seychelles Takamaka Bay Rum distillery reveals its secret to the South African Minister for Tourism

Seychelles Takamaka Bay Rum distillery reveals its secret to the South African Minister for Tourism ( Seychelles’ iconic Takamaka Bay Rum distillery at La Plaine St.Andre on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles this week opened its doors to the visiting South African Minister responsible for Tourism and his delegation. This rum distillery has become a tourism attraction and is many tourists enjoy, the Minister and his delegation went on a personalized tour of the premises as they enjoyed tasting the different rums that are today being produced in Seychelles. For centuries, Seychelles has mastered the art of fermentation of sugarcane juice, but today it has a distillery rum processing plant that prides itself with the production of a unique blend of island rums.

The distillery's guides speak of the secret blends and flavors they use as they give a guided tour to the many visitors who penetrate behind the closed doors of Takamaka Bay Rum distillery at La Plaine St. Andre. Their secrets have long been the envy of many, but the owners of Takamaka Bay Rum maintain a benchmark as being one of the Seychelles sought-after local brews. The wonders of the Takamaka Bay Rum distillery’s historical past, and the different phases of its distillery process, were this week shared in great detail to Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, the South African Minister for Tourism, and with his delegation who were in Seychelles on a working visit which included the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday, August 5.

The South African Minister was guided on the tour of the distillery by Isabelle Houareau, the Tourism and Events Coordinator at La Plaine St Andre. Minister Van Schalkwyk, together with his Seychellois counterpart Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, toured the distillery’s museum which exhibits a working ancient sugarcane crusher.

Today, the Takamaka Bay Rum distillery draws its success from a blend of rum distilled locally with their very own added flavors. Samples of the distillery alcohol and its final rum products were tasted by the South African and Seychellois delegations. The visit took the South African Minister and his delegation to the distillery's grounds and gardens and on to La Plaine St.Andre's heritage colonial house which has been converted into a restaurant that is today reputed for its fine Creole cuisine. Such colonial architecture of this traditional home remains one of the wonders of La Plaine St Andre.

PHOTO: South African&Seychelles delegation appreciate the wonders of La Plaine St Andre.


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