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The first artisan rum distillery on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.


The CrabIsland History

The project to develop Crab Island began in 2010 with research and studies on the rum-making process. In June 2013, a group of 5 people, including Iván Torres, the owner, decided to shape the project by creating a business plan and founding the corporation Laboratorio Clandestino Viequense.

With a passion for traditional elaboration and local ingredients, Iván strove to create a unique and authentic rum that captured the history and essence of the island, of which rum has been an important part since its origins. In 2019 he opens to the public the first artisan rum distillery in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Crab Island, located in the old pump park used by the Vieques navy.

With a social commitment as a company, we contribute to sustainable agriculture and constantly work to reduce environmental impact through energy and water efficient practices. In addition, it contributes to the economic development of the community through job creation and support for local producers and farmers.

Currently, we offer 4 products that reflect dedication, quality and authenticity. The Orange Infusion Rum is infused with island citrus for a fresh, fruity flavor, while the Coffee Infusion combines the sweetness of sugarcane with the acidity and aroma of coffee. In addition, we offer our Classic Rum and our 3 Year Old Rum, which has been matured in bourbon barrels for an even richer, more complex flavor.


How is the produced Crab Island rum?

At the distillery, 100% of the rum is produced from the fermentation process to bottling. Managing to bring each in each bottle a rum that contains the best ingredients and without using imported alcohols or fruit concentrates.

Crab Island’s base is sugar cane molasses, which is diluted with water and fermented with the addition of yeast. After a week, the liquid with an alcohol content of 8% is boiled in a still. The alembic is a tool that boils the must and allows the separation of vapors in a closed environment. The alcohol content of the fermenter is separated from the rest of the must when heated, it is directed to an area where the temperature is low and the alcohol vapor condenses and becomes liquid again, that is where the rum is obtained, then it will be aged in barrels or used to create liqueurs.

the beginning

Made with passion. Using the best ingridient.

set of mind

Our Mission

Create unique and authentic artisanal rums that fully reflect the Puerto Rican essence, using sustainably grown local ingredients and traditional manufacturing techniques. Offering a unique experience through tastings and visits to The Distillery.

going forward

Our Vision

Become a reference distillery in Puerto Rico and in the world, connecting with our history and culture through our brand and products, spreading the tradition of rum in the world.

Our Values

Constantly looking for new ways to improve our products and processes

We use traditional ingredients and techniques to create a unique and authentic rum.

We respect the environment and provide sustainable development.

We are proud to be part of the Vieques community and we work to contribute to its development.

We are committed to delivering high-quality, consistent products.

We remain faithful to our principles and values in all the decisions we make.

Our goal is to create rums that taste delicious and are enjoyed at any time.

We seek to provide a unique and memorable experience for all of our clients.

¡Vive la Experiencia!