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Foursquare Distillery backs rum history research

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twenty eighth Could, 2021 by Kate Malczewski

RL Seale & Firm, proprietor of Foursquare Distillery, is funding analysis into Barbados’ rum historical past, which can assist the island’s utility for a geographical indication (GI).

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RL Seale, proprietor of Foursquare Distillery, is funding analysis into the rum historical past of Barbados

RL Seale has agreed to fund scholarships within the College of the West Indies’ division of historical past and philosophy, by way of which college students will examine Barbados’ rum historical past. 

The findings can be used to assist the island’s utility for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage web site for sugar and rum, and can “naturally” assist its utility for a Barbadian rum GI, in line with Foursquare proprietor Richard Seale.

“Because the provenance of Barbados Rum turns into extra recognised and extra beneficial, the time has come for skilled, impartial and scholarly work on the historical past of Barbados Rum and for that work to be finished at residence,” Seale informed The Spirits Enterprise in an emailed assertion.

As initially reported by Barbados At this time, RL Seale’s BBD$320,000 (US$158,300) donation can be used to create three doctoral scholarships, in addition to six-year postdoctoral fellowships. The distiller will even contribute funding in direction of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage web site nomination mission. 

“We see this as an funding which can strengthen the class in [the] long term,” Seale mentioned. 

To obtain authorities approval for a rum GI, Barbados’ 4 rum producers – Foursquare, Mount Homosexual, Saint Nicholas Abbey and West Indies Rum Distillery – should first collectively agree on a proposal.

Final 12 months, the primary three distillers decided on GI terms to place ahead, however the latter firm did not agree

Learn our in-depth have a look at what a GI would mean for Barbados’ rum producers here.

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