Takamaka Rum is a brand of rum made on the Seychelles islands. The company was founded by Bernard and his father Robert, who were inspired by Robert's father René Michel d'Offay to start producing their own rum. Without access to distillation equipment, the two men turned their swimming pool into a cooling tower and used it to experiment with different recipes. Along with Bernard's older brother Richard, they founded the Trois Frères Distillery on the Seychelles in 2002.
Takamaka Rum is named after a popular beach on the islands and is produced at the La Plaine St. André property, which has a long history dating back to 1792. The property was originally a plantation that grew spices such as vanilla and cinnamon, as well as coconuts, which were exported to Europe. Today, the property is not only home to the Takamaka Rum distillery, but also a visitor paradise with a museum, a herbal and spice garden, a ruin site, and a home for Aldabra giant tortoises Taka and Maka.
All of the ingredients used in Takamaka's products, including water and sugarcane, are sourced locally on the Seychelles. The company uses traditional distillation methods to produce its range of rums, including its flagship Takamaka Bay rum and various aged expressions. Takamaka also produces a range of flavored rums made with local ingredients such as coconut, vanilla, and lime.