Renegade Spirits begins building $20m Grenada rum distillery

London-based distiller Renegade Spirits has begun work on its new $20m rum distillery on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Located near Pearl, on the north-eastern side of the island, the new distillery has been designed to produce up to 1m litres of spirit each year, making it one of the biggest rum distilleries in the Caribbean.

Renegade Rum CEO Mark Reynier, said: “This project has been completely back to front: we’ve had to propagate cane first, and only then build a distillery.

“I had been looking for a home for this project for over a decade before I found Grenada, but after my first trip around the island it was clear there was no cane left, just bush. 

Reynier also runs Waterford single malt whisky distillery in Ireland and was also behind the return of Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, Scotland, in 2001.

Reynier added: “We would have to start with a blank canvas, to prove there is enough cane potential to make it worthwhile building a distillery.

“And that’s where we are today. During those three years we have been designing the distillery, taking advantage of the latest ideas from the top engineers in the business, while simultaneously planting cane lands.”