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Island spirit: How Mauritius rum is taking on the world

( CNN) Up a twisting mountain street, obscured deep in a tropical garden, behind a indicating pond and a modernist sculpture, great hulks of industrial equipment are being drawn apart and cleansed.

Mauritius is a relative newcomer to global rum markets, where long-time producers in the Caribbean are better established and enjoy an indisputable cachet. For centuries, colonial governments in Mauritius frowned on using sugar cane for rum, because refined sugar retrieved something better profits.

Until 2006, Mauritius produced only small amounts of rum from molasses. Then the governmental forces hoisted a ban on distilling from carbohydrate cane juice to grow what’s called agricole rum.

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