83 Islands Distillery launching a vodka and Coffee Liqueur ahead of the holidays

83 Islands Distillery, a small craft distillery in Port Vila, Vanuatu, is releasing its first vodka and coffee liqueur. The vodka called ‘This Vodka Tastes Better’ is a very high quality vodka made from 100% wheat grain. It is super smooth with sweet notes from the grain. It can be drunk by itself or used in your favourite cocktails. The coffee liqueur is a limited release made with coffee beans from Tanna islands, Vanuatu. The beans have been roasted to perfection by Master Roaster Frank Kingston just for this batch. We used raw cane sugar from Fiji to sweeten this liqueur. Both products are priced reasonably at 3000vt for the vodka and 4000vt for the coffee liqueur Buy in our online shop or visit one of our local retailers. Suggested Cocktail One of the most simple and most satisfying cocktail to do with a coffee liqueur is a White Russian. It’s a classic, perfectly suited for a holiday night of celebration. White Russian 30 ml 83 Islands Coffee Liqueur 60 ml 83 Islands Vodka 30 ml Heavy Cream or Milk Ice Fill an old fashion glass with ice, pour the coffee liqueur, vodka and top with heavy cream or milk. Enjoy! […]

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Vanuatu’s 40th Independence Anniversary

83 Islands Distillery makes premium craft rum and spirits using local Vanuatu ingredients. We are proud to make rum in Vanuatu and we hope that our bottles which are emblazoned with Vanuatu will be exported and enjoyed all over the world. Vanuatu is one of the cleanest places on earth, with organic crops and untouched subtropical forests. When we started the distillery, we had the goal of showcasing the country and its people’s savoir-faire to the world by using as many local ingredients as possible. We are now distilling or infusing fruits such as pineapple and kombava. We extract kava to use in our spice rum featuring local vanilla and pepper. We are a young company and like Vanuatu did 40 years ago, we embarked on an incredible journey of growth. We hope that one day our rum will gain the maturity that Vanuatu has today. It seems appropriate to use this occasion to dream about the future of Vanuatu and 83 Islands Distillery. For us, the future means employing dozens, or even hundreds more ni-Vanuatu for planting and harvesting Vanuatu sugarcane. It means an equitable and sustainable relationship with farmers. It means having hundreds of tourists every day flying […]

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We are distilling our Vanuatu Rhum Agricole

Rhum Agricole Vanuatu Made We are planting our first local sugarcane in order to be able to make a 100% made in Vanuatu Rhum Agricole in the classic French-style Rhum with a taste of the South Pacific. This Rhum Agricole is unaged and will be released as a limited first edition late 2020.  The plantation or lack thereof In November 2019 we planted our first sugarcane plantation in Vanuatu with limited success. We experienced a drought that killed most of the plantation. We relied instead on the wild sugarcane that is growing all around the island. Sugarcane was never a significant crop in Vanuatu and there was little use for it. Indeed, the sugar Industry never established itself in Vanuatu. Therefore we are currently relying on sugarcane that is growing naturally in the bush. More specifically in the Teouma Bush region of Efate Although not very far from the distillery geographically, access to Teouma Bush can be difficult which limit our capacity to crush large quantity of sugarcane in a day. Dry Season Harvest After this year’s experiment, we will harvest sugarcane for our next batch during the dry season of the winter from June to October. Our next harvests […]

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