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by Heather Berry | hberry@ruralmissouri.coop

G

ood things come to those who wait, and no one
knows that better than Demetrius Cain. He often
waits months for his
efforts to come to fruition. But his patient nature -
and a bit of chemist-like wizardry
- make it all worthwhile.
	 Demetrius and his wife, Laura,
own Nobletons Distilling House
in Beaufort, a place where rums
smoother than silk are born.
	 Originally from Oregon, Demetrius grew up on a farm knowing
one day he wanted to own his
own farm and raise his family
away from the hustle and bustle
of city life. So when he and Laura
married and moved to Missouri
to be near her family, Demetrius
found some land which fit the
bill. A former financial planner
by day and bartender by night,
the Crawford Electric Cooperative member says it was at
his wife's urging that he finally
began to pursue his dream one
step at a time. In 2018, Nobletons was born.
	 Demetrius points to a gleaming copper and stainless steel Armagnac-style still in the
shop. " We pieced everything together ourselves so we
wouldn't have to make a huge investment in equipment, "
says the 32-year-old. " We probably could have found big
investors, but we thought we'd lose control of the integrity
of our product. So we're taking it slow, and it's proving
worth the wait. "

	 Since releasing their first white rum in 2019, bar and
restaurant owners are taking notice of Nobletons' spirits.
Tim Wiggins, a St. Louis restaurant and bar co-owner,
says it was by chance he even found out about Nobletons.
" At the time, he and my wife
worked in the same place, " Tim
says. " He had given her a Mason
jar of something he'd created and
she said I should try it. "
Eventually Demetrius went
to meet Tim and talk about the
rums he was creating.
" It was just what I was looking
for in a rum, " Tim says. " I was
impressed by how he distilled it,
his integrity and his mission of
staying pure to an agricole-style
of rum making that is rarely seen
in the United States. "
Rhum Agricole is the French
term for rum made with sugar
cane juice. The use of the word
" rhum " on Nobletons labels is a
nod to the French West Indies
style rhum Demetrius has grown
to prefer over the years.
" He could make rum from
molasses like everyone else and
cut out a lot of steps, but that's
not Demetrius, " Tim says. " He
won't take shortcuts. "
	 Nobletons first Duckett Blue rum was soon followed by
the creation of Duckett Golden Rhum and Duckett Rhum
103.
	 The rum line is named after Demetrius's grandfather,
Jack Myron Duckett. Most rum is made with molasses,
but Demetrius only uses sugar cane. He describes their
line as " cane-to-glass. " Sticking to a small-batch approach,

Left: Demetrius Cain, co-owner of Nobletons Distilling House in Beaufort, displays how each bottle is sealed and numbered by batch, bottle and
year for quality control. Above: Laura and Demetrius Cain started Nobletons Distilling House in 2018. Bottom: Demetrius works long hours to
make sure Nobletons line is up to the high standards he's set for the business. Everything used in the process is sourced in the United States.

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