Reimonenq Distillery also referred to as Musee Du Rhum was founded in 1916 by the Reimonenq family. The distillery, like most others on Guadeloupe, produces Rhum Agricole from distilled sugar cane juice. The fresh-cut cane is crushed by electric mills and the resulting ‘honey’ undergoes a 24 to 48 hour fermentation in open air vessels. The fermented ‘wine’ is distilled in a stainless steel column in the traditional french manner.
Dedicated to the history of sugar and rum production this museum is at the site of the former Reimonenq Distillery in the village of Bellevue. Exhibits include the old distillery, cane-extraction gears and a vapor machine dating from 1707. The collection also includes model ships and a fascinating collection of giant insects from around the globe.