The Cockpit

COCKSPUR Rum has been making the party happen since 1884, when Valdemar Hanschell created the Rum in Barbados.

Valdemar Hanschell was a Danish seaman who settled in Barbados, one of the biggest shipping ports in the Caribbean at the time, to establish a chandlery which would supply ships with food and other goods, including rum. Mr. Hanschell's business and COCKSPUR's popularity started booming and COCKSPUR Rum soon became the best-selling rum in Barbados.

While Valdemar Hanschell was the mastermind behind COCKSPUR Rum, he left the crafting of his beloved Rum to the Stade Brothers at The West Indies Rum Distillery. The Stade Brothers shared Mr. Hanschell’s vision of making flavourful Caribbean rum free of the impurities common to many spirits at the time. The Brothers improved the rum-making process and mastered the complexities of the fermentation process by introducing the first continuous column still to Barbados. This revolutionary still allowed the Stade Brothers to consistently produce a flavourful, dry, crisp, and "clean" COCKSPUR Rum that many have come to know and love.

Throughout the years, COCKSPUR Rum has stayed true to the traditional processes that makes this Rum unique, including using only the purest coral-filtered water and the finest selection of oak barrels. The Rum also continues to be aged in a beach-side bond amongst the warm Caribbean sunshine and fresh ocean breezes.

Another tradition that COCKSPUR Rum has maintained is its vibrant icon, The Rooster, which continues to be the life of the party, just as it was over 125 years ago.


COCKSPUR Rum has won many international spirit competition awards and, more recently, a Double Gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. COCKSPUR Rum is also a member of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association and has been certified as an “Authentic Caribbean Rum”.