The name of our rum is almost as alluring as our rum itself. Have you ever wondered why the name “Takamaka” and what it means?
A rum that is produced in Seychelles, by Seychellois, using only the finest ingredients from the Seychelles demanded an authentic Seychelles name!
We had to choose a name that was worthy of our superior rum, one that retained our Seychelles uniqueness and truly embodied our je nes sais quoi!
The Takamaka tree [Calophyllum inophyllum or ‘Pye Takamaka’ in creole] is an identifiable landmark on the Seychelles landscape, the wood of the slow growing tree is strong and sturdy (just like our rum) and is used for ship building, houses and furniture. Just like the d’Offay brothers (the company founders) the Takamaka tree prefers the coastal areas, lining the beaches and providing the brothers with a nice shady spot for resting between surfs in the rough and wild west coast swells.
Not only is the Takamaka a beautiful native tree, it also names a district with a population of 2977, approximately 24km from the capital city of Victoria, on the main Island of Mahé. This district alone boasts 14 stunningly picturesque beaches, one of which of course is the powdery white sand beach of the same name – Anse Takamaka.
At the far end of the Takamaka Beach is the Hotel and Restaurant Chez Batista, with an open plan beach style complete with sandy floor, their Takamaka Rum cocktails are to die for and it is said that they serve the best Sunday Creole Buffet in the world!
Another intriguing feature of the Takamaka district is ‘Ros Sodyer’ (Cauldron Rock) after a bit of a hike you find yourself at the edge of a large cavity in the granite slope that is filled with sea water, the depth is over 27 feet and it is 54 feet wide. Or take the curiously shaped rock – named ‘Ros Pizon’ (Pigeon Rock) which doesn’t actually look that much like a pigeon at all. St. Marie Magdalena, is a stately old church dating back 1888 is made of stone, lime and red soil. The Church sits in the heart of the Takamaka District where church goers have attended mass for over 130 years.
The word Takamaka is is pronounced just like it is spelt. Go on try it – Tak-a mak-a doesn’t that feel great? Bernard d’Offay (Co-Founder) “When trying to come up with a name, my brother and I wanted something that could be easily pronounced & remembered. Something iconic. Takamaka rolls of the tongue very nicely and being both a beach and a tree & synonymous with Seychelles, we felt it was a good fit.”