Distillerie Depaz

by Benjamin Kerns

May 16, 2019

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The Depaz Estate and Distillery of Martinique is one of the largest rum distilleries in the region and open to guests. Though they offered guided tours, my group opted for the self-guided option to explore the grounds on our own.

 

The estate is absolutely beautiful and offers incredible views of the island and nearby volcano. The garden areas are certainly worth a peek, even if you’re not a fan of rum. Around the distillery you’ll find plaques in both French and English that describe the importance of each area, as well as information about the process involved in creating the rum.

 

We arrived on a busy day, so it was often difficult to read the plaques with so many other people around. While it kind of dampened the experience a bit, there wasn’t much the staff could do about that. However, the guided tour might’ve provided a more thorough experience. One thing we certainly did enjoy were the free samples! While the rum itself was nothing extraordinary, most of what we were able to try was tasty.

 

The distillery also offered a gift shop full of rum and treats, a few of which we decided to take home. The prices were fair and the experience was pleasant overall. I’m not sure I’d say it’s a must when visiting Martinique, but it was a relaxing way to kill some time.

 

 

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