Cane Land Distilling Co.

Among the numerous Louisiana distilleries incorporating local sugar cane into their rums, Baton Rouge-based Cane Land Distilling Company stands out.

Start with the history of where Cane Land’s source product is grown. Alma Plantation, in nearby Pointe Coupee Parish, has been actively harvesting and refining sugarcane continuously since 1844, and was owned by one of the state’s wealthiest sugar barons, Julian Poydras. Cane Land’s distillery is located on-site, at the plantation — a unique aspect of their operation.

The fields where Cane Land’s rum are born may be among the oldest, but they produce some of the freshest product. Rhum Agricole is Cane Land’s flagship product, and is a rare form of rum made from the first pressing of cane juice. As Cane Land spokesperson Angie Ray explains, “the first press is pretty much the purest juice you can get, but because it spoils immediately, it needs to get into fermentation within a few hours.” That’s not a problem for Cane Land, since the company makes its rum at the plantation, where sugar cane is close at hand.

Cane Land’s other products include Parade Spiced Rum, which brings together subtle flavors of vanilla and the terroir of Alma Plantation. Parade Rum Argenté is Cane Land’s take on a Cuban light rum that’s been filtered five times.

Red Stick Cinnamon Rum pays homage to the town where Cane Land is headquartered (Baton Rouge is French for “red stick”). It’s an awesome mixer, adding a little spice to your favorite specialty cocktail.

And while Cane Land may be best known for its rum offerings, there are more spirits in store. Its Shindig Vodka incorporates raw Alma Plantation sugar, filtered and distilled numerous times to make an incredibly smooth taste. Finally there’s OMFW, short for Original Mississippi Floated Whiskey, whose fascinating backstory involves whiskey-filled barrels floating down the Mississippi from Tennessee to New Orleans. It’s a spirit with personality.

You can learn about the distilling process in person on a tour of Cane Land, headquartered in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. After learning about the history of cane production in Louisiana and how Cane Land’s liquors are made, you’ll enjoy samples of rums, vodka and whiskey.