Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the south-east coast of the African continent. The country, independent since 1968, is 1,864 square kilometres.
The Dutch were the first ones to settle down naming the island in honour of Prince Maurits van Nassau.
Mauritius was occupied successively by the Dutch (1598-1712) and later by the French (1715-1810).
The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars through the Treaty of Paris. They agreed to respect the language and laws of the inhabitants. Considering the island as too small and insignificant for settlement, they kept the French business people in the place.
The French established a plantation economy of sugar cane and Rum industry following the French tradition (French oak, French alembics).
In 1852, Dr Pierre Charles François Harel developed the concept of local distillation of rum in Mauritius, using only the finest local ingredients from his vast Pamplemousses Garden Estate. New Grove brand, part of this heritage, has been established in 2003 to produce a unique Mauritian rum that meets the international standards of top quality rums.
From the group estates covering over 6,000 hectares, only the finest canes of the best plots of the Domaine are selected. After being distilled from fresh molasses in the company distillery, the largest in Mauritius, the rums are aged in 30% new French Oak barrels and 70% old French oak barrel and Cognac barrels.
New Grove is 100% natural, no sugar added.