Grenada

The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands

Kalypso White
Kalypso White
Kalypso White
Kalypso White
Superior Light Rum
Superior Light Rum
Special Dark Rum
Special Dark Rum
Superior Light Rum
Superior Light Rum
Special Dark Rum
Special Dark Rum
Agricultural Rum
Agricultural Rum
Pure White Rum
Pure White Rum
original White Rum
original White Rum
Jack Iron Rum
Jack Iron Rum
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Camerhogne Spice Liqueur
Camerhogne Spice Liqueur
Spicy Rum
Spicy Rum
Old Grog Rum
Old Grog Rum
Rum Punch
Rum Punch
Rum Punch
Rum Punch
Fancy Molasses
Fancy Molasses
Rum Lemon
Rum Lemon
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I exhibit 15 of the 23 labels of my collection. Other labels differ only in details. Undisplayed labels are variations with minor differences.


History

We the makers of Clarke's Court rum have been in operations since 1937. We are the largest best-known distillers in Grenada. The factory is situated in the southern part of the island, Woodlands Valley, which is in the parish of St George's. Clarke's Court rum derived its name from Clarke's Court Bay in Woodlands, which are some minutes away from the factory.

It is suggested that the name Clarke's Court originates from two sources. It is believed that the name "Court" came from the Dutch Colonists that came to Grenada in 1670's and attacked the town, ceasing some lands and the Bay in Woodlands, naming it "Court Bay." The French later on recaptured these lands.

In 1763 to around 1801, Gedney Clarke Esq., bought parcels of land from the French, totaling 780 acres known to us now as Woodlands Estate. The land bought included Court Bay, hence from these sources; today we have the name Clarke's Court.

Further information tells us that Clarke's Court Bay was known as Watering Bay, this name came from the Carib's who were very active in this area because of the fresh water springs. A survey done in 1824 shows another change of hands of the estate to John Ross who had a total of 770 acres,which he used mostly for the growing of sugarcane.

Before the name Clarke's Court was established, our rums were formerly known as Tradewinds and Red Neck.

[Source: Company's web site, cit. 2003]

Clarke's Court was a property of 800 acres. In 1771, sugar cane was being grown on 300 acres for the 1772 crop, 37 acres for the 1773 crop, and a further 10 acres had been cleared ready for planting. Of the rest of the plantation, 293 acres consisted of woodlands, 60 acres was set aside for pasture, and the remaining 100 acres was used for food production, including 60 acres for cultivation of food by enslaved workers. The inventory lists all the enslaved workers on the plantation by name and classifies them according to their occupation on the property. Clarke's Court was home to 211 slaves at this time. Rather unusually, there were two sugar works in operation, suggesting that Gedney Clarke had purchased two separate plantations and amalgamated them. A stone windmill powered the 'Upper Works' and had all the usual buildings associated with sugar and rum production (a boiling house, a curing house, a still house, a trash house). In addition, it had a hospital (for lying-in by expectant mothers and the treatment of sick slaves), a dwelling house built for the owner (though Clarke did not reside on the island), a house for the white plantation staff, and 60 houses for the enslaved workers. The 'Lower Works' was powered by a cattle mill and had buildings for the production of sugar and rum. There was no hospital or any mention of housing for whites, but 10 further houses for the enslaved are mentioned.

In 1773, Gedney Clarke II agreed to surrender Clarke's Court to the Lascelles family in lieu of his debts. In 1772 the plantation was valued at L30,000 but two years later the valuation had risen to L41,250 (it is not clear if these are sterling figures or Grenada currency. The rise in the valuation reflects the unsustainable rise in the speculative value of colonial property; after 1774, however, the market crashed. The Lascelles retained the property until 1791 (partly because the French reoccupied the island during the War of the American Revolution), when it was sold to George Shand, a Scotsman. Shand purchased Clarke's Court in installments and was granted a mortgage by the Lascelles. The amount paid is not known. In 1795, Clarke's Court was the scene of fighting during the revolt mounted by slaves in Grenada. Shand wrote that 'Clarke's Court and a neighbouring estate were the barriers of the insurrection for above a year'. Damage to crops (a full harvest was not expected before 1799) caused Shand to fall behind in his repayments to the Lascelles. Shand was dead by 1802 and in this year a letter survives recording that the conveyance of Clarke's Court was completed, but to who is not clear.
Dr. S.D. Smith, Lecturer in History, University of York

[Source: Company's web site, cit. 2003]


Here are full texts from the labels

gd3: Clarke's Court; Kalypso; Alcohol 67.5% (135 Proof); Refined Grenada White Rum; Clark's Court Bay; Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. George's, Grenada; 50 ml

gd4: Clarke's Court; Kalypso; Alcohol 67.5% (135 Proof); Refined Grenada White Rum; Clark's Court Bay; Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. George's, Grenada; 750 ml

gd7: Clarke's Court; Superior; Alcohol 43% (86 Proof); Refined Grenada Light Rum; Clark's Court Bay; Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. George's, Grenada; 750 ml

gd10: Clarke's Court; Special; Alcohol 43% (86 Proof); Refined Grenada Dark Rum; Clark's Court Bay; Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. George's, Grenada; 750 ml

gd27: Clarke's Court; Superior; Refined Grenada Light Rum; 43% Alc/Vol (86 Proof); Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. George's, Grenada; 750 ml

gd28: Clarke's Court; Special; Refined Grenada Dark Rum; 43% Alc/Vol (86 Proof); Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. George's, Grenada; 750 ml

gd29: From Pure Cane Juice; Clarke's Court; Agricultural Rum; 750 ml; 43% Alc/Vol; Distilled & Bottled by: The Grenada Sugar Factory Limited, Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenada; W.I.

gd14: Clarke's Court; Pure White Rum; 69% Alc. by Vol. (138 Proof); 750 ml; Distilled & Bottled by: The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenada; W.I.

gd30: Clarke's Court; Original White Rum; 69% Alc. by Vol., 138 Proof; Produit of Grenada, West Indies; 750 ml

gd_4: Olde Grenada Overproof Jack Iron Rum; 140 Proof; 750 ml; Product of Grenada, West Indies

gd16: Camerhogne Spice Liqueur; 750 ml; Camerhogne - Pronounced Kam-er-horn is the old name for Grenada - the isle of spice .... This pleasant tasting liqueur is an exquisite blend of local rum with natural spices and tropical fruits; 24% alc/vol; A product of the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd.

gd20: Clarke's Court; Spicy Rum; 69% Alc./Vol (138 Proof); Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenada; 750 ml

gd21: Clarke's Court; Old Grog Rum; Adged To Perfection; 43% Alc./Vol (86 Proof); 700 ml; Distilled & Bottled by The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd., Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenadaů The name Old Grog dates back from the early days when the finest of Grenada's Rum was shipped to his Majesty George III England. In order to identify the king's Rum, the casks were marked G.R.O.G., which is the abbreviation for Georgius Rex Old Grenada. Old Grog' rum maintains Grenada's tradition of producing the finest blend of rums

gd17: Clarke's Court; Rum Punch; 50 ml; 26% Alc./Vol.; A product of The Grenada Sugar Factory Limited., Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenada, W.I.

gd18: Clarke's Court; Rum Punch; Blended in Grenada; 750 ml; 26% Alc./Vol.; A product of: The Grenada Sugar Factory Limited., Woodlands, St. Georges

gd19: Clarke's Court; Fancy Molasses; A natural Health Food; A product of The Grenada Sugar Factory Limited., Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenada, W.I.

gd_8: Clarke's Court; Rum Lemon; 35% alc/vol; 750 ml


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