Best Rum in the Caribbean

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JANUARY 18, 2024 – If there is one thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches, is its rum. The spirit was first distilled on the islands during the 17th century when sugar plantation owners discovered molasses, a byproduct of the sugar refining process, which could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rum producers have spent centuries since perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending. Many of the world’s best rums come from the Caribbean.

USA Today awarded the Best Caribbean Rum to St. Maarten’s Topper’s Rhum. This prestigious competition is amongst some of the most famous rum brands in the world such as Bacardi, Brugal, Angostura, Cruzan, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate, and Barbancourt.

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Topper’s Rhum, a truly locally made product, is a world-class, multi-award winning, premium rhum that is handmade, bottled, and packaged with precision right here in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. Topper’s Rhum only uses all natural premium ingredients and no preservatives. They are committed to producing the world’s best tasting rhum and flavored rhum spirits, using the highest standards of quality. They are re-inventing rhum by continually innovating and delivering unique products to their customers worldwide.

Through their tours and their continuing expansion overseas, they are notably promoting St. Maarten internationally.  Topper’s Rhum Distillery is one of the top unique places to visit on St. Maarten, according to the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau.

Topper’s is family owned and operated and is set in a gorgeous landmark waterfront location directly on the Caribbean’s largest Lagoon. This iconic building, a 16-sided structure studded with Italian cerulean blue tiles, marble floors, and a majestic chandelier, stunningly accommodates not only the rum distillery but also their famous international restaurant, Karaoke bar, authentic Italian gelateria, and gift shop.

Enjoy a tour or stop by for tasting and shopping daily from 9:00 am- 10:00 pm. Tours are available daily at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. After you are greeted with Topper’s refreshing rhum punch, a knowledgeable guide will give you a fun hands-on tour where you will learn a little history of rum and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Topper’s ferments, distills, blends, ages, and expertly bottles its handcrafted rums and ensure their products meet the highest quality standards. During your tour, you’ll be treated to over 20 samples of their 100 different flavored rhums, rum cake, rum-infused Italian gelato, and waffle cones, and you get to cook and taste food prepared with Topper’s Rhum.

This official St. Maarten rhum is the only international multiple award-winning spirit produced and exported from St. Maarten. They currently export to 7 countries and 27 states in the USA and their products are also sold online throughout the world at

For more information about the Topper’s Rhum Distillery please contact the Topper’s Rhum Press Officer at: or visit their website

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About Topper’s Rhum:

Topper’s Rhum, established in St. Maarten in March 2006 is committed to producing the world’s best tasting rhum and flavored rhum spirits using the highest standards of quality. Topper’s Rhum Distillery was established in Cole Bay in November 2012. We strive to continually innovate and deliver cutting edge products to our customers worldwide and are experts in delivering unprecedented customer service. For more information, visit our website at or

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