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Apart from examining and arranging his goods, Uif also wants to check and touch his beloved rum. Of course, when he touches it, he’ll have a couple of drinks.
“This rum is made from sugar cane, and sugar cane does not grow in Sweden. But this island, St Barts, once supplied sugar cane to Sweden. And Sweden has a very long tradition of this sugar cane and rum. The oldest bottle of rum was found on a Swedish battleship that sunk outside Stockholm in 1600=something.”
The amber liquid in Uif’s cup is one of the four great western sprits, Rum. using sugar cane as raw material, rum as we know it was first distilled in the Caribbean in the 17th century. So rum is also called the ‘sugar spirit’.
Eventually, this devoted man married Xinghong Liang. Uil brought her back to Sweden for the wedding. In 2008, Uif followed his wife back to Guangxi, and settled in Nanning.
“When I came here 10 years ago, it was always Baijiu on the table, and I really didn’t like Baijiu. It’s like, no, it’s not for me. So I looked in the shop, but didn’t find anything that I wanted. Later, we travelled to the outside of Nanning, and we saw so many sugar canes, and it was large-scale cultivation. I was so surprised I couldn’t find rum. Because everywhere in the world, you find sugar cane, you find rum. But not, at that time, in Nanning.”
Uif learnt that Guangxi grows the most sugar canes in China, and accounts for about two thirds of the total production of the country. Uif, who had the right feel for the situation, was excited by the extensive sugar canes.
“So I started to think about that, because it’s easy for me to produce things industrially, it’s my professional work. I’ve been working like that for 30 years, so it’s easy for me to think about production and factories, and so on. Here we see the raw material, but I don’t see the product. So I decided to make something. In 2008, I actually took the first steps, carrying out the first test.”
Ulf wanted to set up a factory to produce rum. Through his wife, he got to know local agricultural reclamation enterprises who specialized in sugar cane liquor. Ulf added his ancestral recipe to the raw liquor, replicating Swedish rum. Ulf believes that producing rum in Guangxi is not only a career, but that it can blend Chinese and western culture. It encourages Chinese people to drink more rum and less rice wine, which saves grains.
In the West Han Dynasty, (206BC – 24AD) the ancients used sugar canes to make alcohol, and it was called gold pulp liquor. It was only for the nobility to enjoy. This alcohol-making technique and sugar cane were passed along the Silk Road.