How important is a GI for Barbados rum?

Barbados has the potential to become a real powerhouse in rum – and a recognised geographical indication could take it to the next level. But so far distillers are struggling to see eye to eye. *This feature was originally published in the March 2020 issue of The Spirits Business. Barbados evokes images of deep blue seas, sun‐kissed sandy shores and palm tree‐lined pavements. But this idyllic scene is currently the backdrop for an ongoing disagreement…

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Barbados rum GI proposal puts ‘no restrictions’ on production

Following a disagreement over the terms of a geographical indication (GI) for Barbados rum, Richard Seale, proprietor of Foursquare Distillery, said the regulations would place “no restrictions” on production methods. Three distillers, Foursquare, Mount Gay and Saint Nicholas Abbey, said they have collectively agreed a GI for Barbados rum as prepared by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) in consultation with its legal counsel. Foursquare, Mount Gay and Saint Nicholas Abbey added that they…

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