Our Distilling Process

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Growing Cane

We select the best current cane varieties to give
us the most suitable flavours and aromas.

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Harvesting the cane

We harvest the cane by hand, selecting the
best quality sticks free of any unwanted
blemishes to put through our press.

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Pressing

The selected sticks are put through
our press to squeeze out
the fresh cane juice.

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Fermentation

The cane juice is then pumped into our
fermentation tanks and a combination of
wild and specifically cultured yeast
is added to bring out the best
in our fermenting juice.

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Distillation

Once the fermentation process is complete,
the fermented wash is pumped into our beautiful
state of the art still, affectionately
called “Nandi”, after
Shaka Zulu’s mother.

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Maturation

After distillation the rum base
either goes into barrels to be aged or
into our bottles as Tapanga White Rum.

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Labeling

Each of our bottles are hand labeled to
strive to reach the expectations you deserve.

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Packaging

Once all has been completed, we package
to distribute nationally and internationally.

Our Vision

To be globally revered as Africa’s premium single estate rum. This inspires us to achieve the remarkable by keeping it real - We are Africans, living in Africa, creating for the world. We don’t compromise so “Premium” and Quality” go hand in hand to build trust through consistency.

As creators we will never stop innovating to connect the world to an authentically spirited Afropolitan lifestyle, to embrace new friends and live with passion!

Our Gallery

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The Tapanga Team

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Our Rum

Introducing a completely new spirit – South Africa’s first Premium Rhum Agricole. We start with quality, as a single estate Rum, we are in control at the source – Our Fresh Sugar Cane Juice. We bottle in limited batches to create an exclusive product for those who seek a distinctive, quality, Rum - AN AFRICAN BORN RUM.

Tapanga Gold Rum
Is barrel aged. It has a prominent vanilla nose with an attractive, well-balanced, dry taste and long fruit and floral finish. Tapanga Gold Rum is ideal sipping neat or on the rocks.

Tapanga White Rum
This clean, smooth Rhum Agricole is delicate and soft on the palate, with an aroma of tropical botanicals is ideal to mix with your favourite mixer or that special cocktail. Our fresh sugarcane ingredient magically escapes the bottle proving the authenticity of this rum.

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Tapanga Management

We would like to introduce you to the Tapanga management team. We use the "management" very loosely here, because at end of the day, we are down to earth sugar cane farmers with a passion for rum distilling.

Parsons Branding

Meet Parson Branding, the very creative company we chose to handle our branding. They spent many hours with us, getting to understand our rum & the direction we wanted to go in. These guys are truly talented in what they do, thanks once again guys for all your hard work!

Contact Us

  • Address: Zululand Distilling Company (PTY) Ltd
    Windermere Sugar Estate
    PO Box 189
    Gingindlovu
    KwaZulu Natal 3800
  • Phone: +27 35 004 0007
  • Email: info@tapangarum.com
  • Website: www.tapangarum.com