Crab Island Rum Distillery
Discovered by Columbus in 1493, Vieques, like many Caribbean Islands, fell under the control and influence of several countries. The English named it Crab Island, the Spanish, Vieques & maps from the era bear both names.
In the early 1800’s, a Frenchman, Teofilo LeGuillou established the first plantation and rum distillery. Five plantations later, covering half the island, “Cane became King”.
It didn’t take long for enterprising cane cutters to appropriate some of that company cane for personal use; going underground to set up, hidden deep in the jungle, clandestine distilleries of their own.
That’s our heritage, our inspiration: From “ill gotten cane” to the first artisan rums.
Laboratorio Clandestino Viequense is the result of the dream of a young entrepreneurial Viequense who has a passion for making the highest quality rum. The distillery will be located on the Island municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico and will produce premium craft rum and flavored spirits in small batches. Our initial market will focus on the growing flow of tourists to Vieques, and the demand for new attractions and products on the Island.