Toppers Rhum Distillery, culture St Maarten

St. Maarten’s World-Class Rhum

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 slaves discovered molasses — a by-product of the refining process — could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rum producers have spent the centuries since perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending; and many of the world’s best rums come from the Caribbean.


Topper’s Rhum Distillery won USA Today’s 10 Best Caribbean Rum Distillery award, proudly placing number four. This prestigious competition is among some of the most famous rum brands in the world, such as Bacardi, Angostura, Brugal, Cruzan, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate and Barbancourt. Topper’s Rhum Distillery is one of the most unique places to visit on St. Maarten, according to the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. Daily tours and free tastings are available to shoppers.


Topper’s Rhum, a truly locally made product, is a world-class premium rhum that is handmade, bottled and packaged with precision right here in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. Topper’s Rhum uses only 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 reinventing rhum by continually innovating and delivering unique products to their customers worldwide. The company is very environmentally conscientious and well known for their signature reusable swing-top bottles. This official St. Maarten rhum is the only spirit distilled and exported from St. Maarten. They currently export to six countries and over 24 states in the United States and are the official rhum of the Dutch Army. By constantly expanding overseas, they are also notably promoting St. Maarten internationally. In addition, the products are sold online to almost anywhere in the world. Topper’s Rhum has been awarded 24 medals given by the most prominent rum tasting contests in the world.