Banks DIH Ltd (D’Aguiars Industries & Holdings)

Status:
Bottlers not distillers

Established:
1840

Owner:
Not supplied

Capacity:
Not supplied

Visitor policy:
Not generally accessible

Tel:
Not supplied

Address:
Georgetown,
Demerara,
Guyana

Back in the 1840s Mr. Jose Gomes D'Aguiar, founded his rum business, which grew into a chain of retail shops. He died in 1893 and three years later his four sons went into partnership as D'Aguiar Bros. That same year, 1896, the brothers purchased the Demerara Ice House which then consisted of a hotel, liquor bars and an aerated soft drink plant. The name 'Ice House' derives from the fact that ice was imported in schooners from Canada, hence the initials D.I.H. which can still be seen on XM’s rum labels today.

In 1966 the family company of D'Aguiar Bros. Ltd was converted into a public company and three years later merged with Banks Breweries Ltd to form Banks DIH Limited. Banks DIH Limited is now a multi-billion dollar company with a broad range of interests. Products within the Beverage Division include Banks Beer and XM rums.

Banks DIH do not have a distillery but purchase distilled spirit from producers which previously included Demerara Distillers Limited. Banks then age the spirit in ex-bourbon barrels in their warehouses before blending and bottling at their own facility.

They make

Banks DIH XM Royal ‘Extra Mature’ 10 Year Old image

Banks DIH XM Royal ‘Extra Mature’ 10 Year Old

This rum spends at least nine-and-half years in ex-bourbon casks before being blended and then aged a further six months in sherry butts.

Banks DIH XM Millennium image

Banks DIH XM Millennium

This twelve year old rum is first aged in ex-bourbon casks before blending and finishing in sherry butts.

Banks D’Aguiar’s XM 5yo Demerara Rum image

Banks D’Aguiar’s XM 5yo Demerara Rum

This 5 year old rum was distilled from molasses and aged in America oak ex-Bourbon casks by Banks DIH in Georgetown, Guyana. Banks DIH do not have a distillery but purchase distilled spirit from other producers then age in their own warehouses before blending and bottling at their own facility.

Banks DIH V.X.O. image

Banks DIH V.X.O.

Banks DIH V.X.O. is a blend of 7-8 year old molases based rums aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in ex-sherry butts.

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