( CNN) Up a distort mountain street, concealed deep in a tropical garden, behind a indicating pool and a modernist sculpture, great hulks of industrial equipment are being drawn apart and cleaned.

Mauritius is a relative newcomer to global rum markets, where long-time producers in the Caribbean are better established and enjoy an undeniable cachet. For centuries, colonial governments in Mauritius frowned on using sugar cane for rum, because refined sugar fetched much better profits.

Until 2006, Mauritius produced only small amounts of rum from molasses. Then the government lifted a ban on distilling from carbohydrate cane juice to create what’s called agricole rum.