The island of Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean. Originally discovered by the Portuguese, it was occupied by all major colonial powers. Although it was last owned by the British, it still has a more French touch today, which is also reflected in the rum production – mainly Rhum agricole is produced. Sugar cane is cultivated on about 90% of the cultivated area of Mauritius. Three distilleries are well known and worth seeing: Labourdonnais, Chamarel and St. Aubin. Rum from Mauritius is characterized above all by its vanilla and caramel taste nuances.