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Fijian Rum 

Map of Fiji from 1854 (1860)
Source: www.antiquemapsandglobes.com
Rum did not matter on Fiji for a long time. Until the cotton crisis and the associated fall in prices in the 1860s, sugar-cane was not grown on a large scale in this colony. Only from this on the cultivation of sugar-cane was began on a large scale. However, this growth continued only until the sugar crisis in 1884-85. Many small mills had to close down and so only four remained on the island. The Colonial Sugar Refining Company started to take over the management of the sugar cane cultivation on Fiji in 1880. The company withdrew in 1973 from his business on Fiji.

The government took over the business until 1975. In 1976 the then state-owned Fiji Sugar Marketing Company Limited was founded. The FSC has a monopoly of the sugar production on the island. She owns four sugar factories on the island and the majority of the shares belongs to the state. In 1979, a subcontractor was founded: South Pacific Distillers Limited. It is also the only active and remaining rum distillery on Fiji.

Rums from there taste like a combination of rums from Barbados and Jamaica. Some connoisseurs associated the taste with "rubber" or plastic. It is most likely to be described as a combination of a lightweight Hampden (Jamaica) and a certain pot still profile once produced in the West Indies Rum Distillery (Barbados).

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Known Fiji bottlings 
(not complete) 

- Berry's Own Selection Fijian South Pacific 8 YO (2001 - 2009), 46% vol.
- Berry's Own Selection Fijian South Pacific 9 YO (2001 - 2010), 46% vol.
- Blackadder Fiji 11 YO (2001 – 2012) (220 Fl), 63,9% vol.
- COMPAGNIE DES INDES FIJI 10 YO (2004 - 2015) (Matured in Fiji until 2010), 44% vol.
- Duncan Taylor Fiji South Pacific Distillery 10 YO (2003 – 2013) (284 Fl) (Pot Still), 54,8% vol.
- Moon Import Fiji 2001 9 YO (2001 - 2010), 46% vol.
- Pellegrini Fiji Rum 8 YO “Enfant Terrible” (2003 – 2011), (798 Fl.), 50% vol.
- Samaroli Yehmon Fiji 8 YO (2001 – 2009), (Cask #15 - 22??), (1050 Fl.) 0,5l, 45% vol.
- Samaroli Fiji 10 YO (2001 – 2011), (350 Fl.) 0,5l, 45% vol.
- Samaroli Fiji 10 YO (2001 – 2011), (330 Fl.), 0,7l, 45% vol.
- Samaroli Fiji 12 YO (2001 – 2013), (380 Fl.), 45% vol.
- Samaroli Fiji 12 YO (2001 – 2013), (Cask#22??) (552 Fl.), 45% vol.
- Samaroli Fiji 13 YO (2001 – 2014), (Cask#7), 0,5, 45% vol.
- Samaroli Fiji 15 YO (2001 – 2016), (Cask#25) (460 Fl.), 0,5l, 45% vol. 
- Holey Dollar Silver Coin Rum 40% (Pot Still Blend, 3 YO)
- Holey Dollar Gold Coin Rum Overproof 57,2% (Pot Still Blend, 3 YO)
- Holey Dollar Platinium Coin Rum Cask-Strength 75,9% (Pot Still Blend, 3 YO)
- The Rum Cask Fiji South Pacific Distillery 2003 (2003 – 2013) 62,9% (Pot Still)

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