Indigenous to South America, and cultivated for centuries, pineapple was first introduced to Europe in the 17th century. It has been commercially grown in greenhouses since the 1820s. One third of global production occurs in Costa Rica, Brazil and the Philippines. This fruit is kind of a big deal, in fact, rich aristocrats used to pride themselves on their ‘pineries’ and compare the sizes of their respective pineapples (typical). So revered was the fruit that, instead of eating the golden flesh, party hosts would use it as an ornament, the ultimate symbol of wealth. There’s no doubt that pineapple is fruit royalty. At TCSCo., we think pineapple comes into its own when infused into rum, none of that ornamental nonsense. The sweetness pairs wonderfully well and the accompanying sharpness contrasts the flavours imparted to the spirit by the molasses. If you like pineapple, we recommend liberal infusion, perhaps with a hint of black cardamom to balance that sweetness, or maybe a citrusy hit of lime?