New, revamped spirits hit Blackbeard's shelves

By Kevin Morales

27 June 2023

Man poses for camera with bottles of local spirits
Cayman Distributor Group Production Manager Hugh Lockwood says creating locally inspired and produced spirits unique to Cayman is a big draw for residents and visitors alike. — Photo: Rhian Campbell

Blackbeard's at Camana Bay — and throughout Cayman — is now offering newly introduced, locally created award-winning spirits unique to the Cayman Islands.

The Legacy Gold Rum — a repackaged and re-released version of the award-winning Legacy Rum — can now be found on the shelves along with newly released Legacy Blueberry Vodka and Legacy Yuzu Gin.

“I think that’s what people like,” said Cayman Distributor Group Production Manager Hugh Lockwood. “Anyone can buy some national brand anywhere in the world. This is unique to Cayman. The only place you can buy any of our products in the world is Cayman. We don’t export; we don’t send any products abroad. They’re unique, locally produced products.”

Legacy Rum was originally introduced in November 2019 and has picked up several international awards since, including double gold at the International Spirts Awards, in New York.

“This award spurred on our desire to repackage the product, to include the accolade as well as highlight the spirit within,” said CDG General Manager Alex McClenaghan. “Legacy Gold Rum is blended and hand-bottled in the Cayman Islands, which [is] featured on the new label. Copper foil adorns the new package to represent the copper pots that are still used to create the base rum from molasses, then aged up to eight years in oak.”

New additions joining the new-look Legacy Rum in the stores include Legacy Blueberry Vodka — hand-made locally, with all-natural flavourings — and Legacy Yuzu Gin, hand-made with all-natural flavourings, including a native citrus from Japan with a profile of lime, grapefruit and mandarin orange combined.

Cayman Distributors’ manufacturing arm — a team of three — produces around 20 to 30 different types of spirits, including the Legacy line. The company imports the industrial base product for each of its spirits — a distilled neutral spirit that is then redistilled, blended down and aged with natural flavours and bottled to give it its unique Cayman taste and aesthetic.

Blackbeard's at Camana Bay is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closing at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

This article was published in the June 2023 print edition of Camana Bay Times.

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