West Indies

There are 132 rums from the West Indies distillery in the RumX database.

Located in Bridgetown and adjacent to the Brighton Beach, West Indies’ origins date back to 1893, making it the second oldest yet operational distillery in Barbados. WIRD or the “Blackrock distillery” as it is called by the locals due to its location in the Blackrock suburb, was founded as the “West Indies Rum Refinery” (WIRR) by the brothers Georg and Hermann Stade who immigrated from Germany to Barbados a couple of years earlier. In 1903, however, the distillery went insolvent and was subsequently taken over by local merchants (i.e. mainly its customers for which it produced the rum). It remained - with changing ownership, inlcluding Goddard Enterprises Ltd. more recently - in local hands until 2017, when Maison Ferrand took over the distillery, securing not only a rich stock of Bajan rum and vast production capabilities but also access to Jamaican rum producers due to WIRD’s stake at National Rums of Jamaica Ltd. (fully owning Long Pond Distillers Ltd. and a majority stake in Clarendon Distillers Ltd.).

WIRD currently has four operational stills, two column stills, a batch (or chamber) still and a pot still. The largest column still, a Canadian-made four-column still is mainly used for production of light type rums. The second largest, a John Dore built four-column still, commissioned in 1975, can be used in several configurations and produce rums ranging from very light to a heavy types.

The batch still, which is called the “Vulcan“ is named after former Cincinatti-based coppersmith company Vulcan, basically bridges pot and column distillation techniques. It was build in the late 19th/early 20th century and is the last original in operation of its kind. It was decommissioned for some time and reactivated in the early 2000s. Previously, it has been used mainly to produce the so-called wash which is the first step in the distillation process.

The operational pot still is named “Gregg Farm” after its initial location at the Gregg Farm plantation. It is used for the production of heavier rum types. This still often comes into play for the second distillation step at WIRD’s.

While WIRD has been providing the basis for many “lower-end” rums and rum-based spirits such as Malibu, it has also been producing one of the most iconic rums for rum nerds: The so called “Rockley Style” rum, which is occassionally also referred to “Blackrock Style” or “Rockley Still” rum. Currently there are two acknowledged “Rockley Style” vintages, one from 1986 and one from 2000. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Gregg Farm and Vulcan still are key to this rum style. The “Rockley Style” is renowned for its smoky and medicinal notes, accompanied by sweeter honey-like notes. Rum Artesanal’s West Indies - Barbados Rum Rockley Style 1986 (RX 7784) was rated second best in the RumX annual review 2021.

The “Rockley Style” rum may, however, not be confused with rum from the ancient Rockley distillery. The Rockley estate was founded in the 18th century and abandoned at the end of the 19th century. While WIRR/WIRD acquired and operated one of Rockley distillery’s pot stills at some time, it was not functional any longer at the time the “Rockley style” rums were produced. Indeed, Don Benn, master distiller at WIRD, recently acknowledged that the “Rockley styles” were not produced to replicate any rum profiles originating from the Rockley still. The reason for this was simply that there was no more rum existing from this still at the time the “Rockley styles” were produced. Hence, “Rockley Style” could rather be consiedered a marketing term without reference to any actual rum from the Rockley distillery.

In 2021, WIRD shipped the disfunctional pot still, which is supposedly “the Rockley still” to the UK for refurbishment. It remains to be seen whether there will be any rum emanating from this still in the near future.

Community author: mto75

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Flavour profile of West Indies

80 /1001,260 ratings
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With RumX you can record your tasting impressions. The RumX community has discovered the following flavor profile:

Nosing associations

Vanilla Coconut Woody Sweet Caramel Honey Tropical fruit

Taste associations

Vanilla Sweet Caramel Honey Woody Coconut Smoky

Finish associations

Vanilla Sweet Woody Honey Caramel Coconut Spicy

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RX7784
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
1986   34 years 1mo   53,7%   €€€€

94 /10049 ratings

RX3896
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados BRS
Barbados BRS
Silver Seal • West Indies
1986   33 years   58,8%   €€€€

93 /10023 ratings

RX1028
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Single Cask Rum BRS
Single Cask Rum BRS
Duncan Taylor • West Indies
1986   25 years   52,7%   €€€€

93 /10011 ratings

RX9395
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 3 Rockley BBR
No. 3 Rockley BBR
Nobilis Rum • West Indies
1986   34 years   54,7%   €€€€

91 /10021 ratings

RX2782
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 2000
2000
Whiskybroker • West Indies
2000   16 years   57,6%   €€

88 /1005 ratings

RX4634
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum WIRR
WIRR
Cadenhead‘s • West Indies
1986   12 years   73,4%   €€€€

88 /1006 ratings

RX5776
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rockley Still
Rockley Still
Bristol Classic Rum • West Indies
1986   26 years   46%   €€€€

88 /10015 ratings

RX5360
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rockley
Rockley
Cadenhead‘s • West Indies
1986   16 years   67,7%

87 /1007 ratings

RX1520
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Barbados
Plantation Barbados
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
2005   13 years   42,8%   €€

86 /10012 ratings

RX3490
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum BBR
BBR
Cadenhead‘s • West Indies
2000   11 years   59,1%   €€€€

86 /10011 ratings

RX12498
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Extreme No. 5
Plantation Extreme No. 5
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
2007   14 years   58%   €€€

84 /10010 ratings

RX7785
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum (Rockley Style)
Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum (Rockley Style)
Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
2000   21 years   47,1%   €€€

84 /10036 ratings

RX3769
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rockley Still
Rockley Still
Bristol Classic Rum • West Indies
1986   12 years   46%   €€€

84 /1005 ratings

RX7627
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Calvados Maturation
Plantation Calvados Maturation
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
2014   41,3%   €

83 /1006 ratings

RX1865
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum
Barbados Rum
Cave Guildive • West Indies
2000   17 years   56%   €€€

83 /10025 ratings

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RX7784
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
1986   34 years 1mo   53,7%   €€€€

94 /10049 ratings

RX9395
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 3 Rockley BBR
No. 3 Rockley BBR
Nobilis Rum • West Indies
1986   34 years   54,7%   €€€€

91 /10021 ratings

RX5776
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rockley Still
Rockley Still
Bristol Classic Rum • West Indies
1986   26 years   46%   €€€€

88 /10015 ratings

RX1520
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Barbados
Plantation Barbados
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
2005   13 years   42,8%   €€

86 /10012 ratings

RX3490
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum BBR
BBR
Cadenhead‘s • West Indies
2000   11 years   59,1%   €€€€

86 /10011 ratings

RX7785
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum (Rockley Style)
Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum (Rockley Style)
Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
2000   21 years   47,1%   €€€

84 /10036 ratings

RX1865
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum
Barbados Rum
Cave Guildive • West Indies
2000   17 years   56%   €€€

83 /10025 ratings

RX1245
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum
Barbados Rum
Cave Guildive • West Indies
2000   15 years   54%   €€€€

81 /1005 ratings

RX11281
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum S.B.S Barbados PX Cask Finish
S.B.S Barbados PX Cask Finish
1423 World Class Spirits • West Indies
2000   21 years   47,1%   €€€

81 /10010 ratings

RX7714
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation One Time Limited Edition
Plantation One Time Limited Edition
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
2011   9 years   51,1%   €€

80 /10051 ratings

RX1
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Extra Old XO 20th Anniversary
Plantation Extra Old XO 20th Anniversary
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
10 years - 15 years   40%   €

80 /100588 ratings

RX3296
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Cockspur VSOR 12 Bajan Crafted
Cockspur VSOR 12 Bajan Crafted
West Indies
17 years   43%   €

75 /10010 ratings

RX1291
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Cockspur XO Masters Select
Cockspur XO Masters Select
West Indies
43%   €

72 /1008 ratings

RX65
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Grande Réserve
Plantation Grande Réserve
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
1 years - 3 years   40%   €

70 /100118 ratings

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The distillery West Indies is located in Barbados. Rums from West Indies have been rated 1,260 times with an average of 80/100.

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