Ian Williams, in his history of rum, explains that in the 1980’s there were only two businesses in Haiti that were productive. One was the Barbancourt rum distillery, which produces some of the world’s great rums. Barbancourt’s products are aged for decades, and rum is one of the few products that improves by sitting out in the hot tropical sun for long periods of time. The distillery figured out how to run their company despite electricity being shut off for half the day or longer.

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