Thanks to the intuition of the founder, for more than seventy years, in Carbet, the area of choice for the cultivation of sugar cane, Bally produces its splendid rhum millesimati. Great rhum like the great wines; in fact, the sugar cane has different characteristics for each crop that require peculiar distillation and aging.
The Habitation Lajus has existed since 1670, and was bought in 1917 by Jacques Bally, who restructured and built the distillery on the remains of the small sucrerie, installing a steam engine and a créole column designed by himself. Since 1924 he systematically puts a part of his production into aging. In 1930 Jacques Bally designed and produced the bottle 'Pyramide' and the bottle 'carré', and both are unchanged until today. In the 50s and 60s Bally's millesimates are known as the best agricultural rum in the world. In 1976 Bally was produced by Saint James, still in the original créole column. In 1987, after the purchase of the brand by Yves Hayot, the column was moved to Le Simon. The brand belongs to Saint James in 1997, but the exhausted column is not transferred. Saint James continues to produce Bally with a distinct process, both in terms of distillation and aging. The oldest Bally is 1924, bottle now very rare, even more than 1929, the second oldest still available. In the 60s, Bally's bottles are usually not more than 6 years old, considered the best in the Caribbean climate for the perfect aromatic balance. The vintage until the first half of the '80s today have a very high value in collecting, while those after the mid-90s come down because the distillation column is no longer the original one.