Age of Revolutions

By Bertie Mandelblatt

In 1781, on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, Joseph-François Charpentier de Cossigny published a treatise on how to safely produce a series of distilled liquors whose base material was sugar cane, writing:

For a long time in the French and English colonies of America, a strong liquor has been made that carries the name of Guildive, or Tafia or Rum; this last word is English, and the other two are French although the two French words are often confused…‘guildive’ is applied to the strong liquor obtained by distilling the juice of crushed sugar cane … and which has been left to ferment without mixing it with anything. ‘Taffia,’ on the other hand, is made by distilling the syrups and foam created during the production of sugar, after having left them to ferment with the addition of purified water.[1]

Following this two-fold…

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