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At the start of a trip...


The story of Saka Spirits is the desire of two brothers, Julien and Anthony, to share a common project, the creation of a business focused on the long term, like the relationship between two brothers.

Julien, a former globetrotter chef, put his casseroles down more than 10 years ago on Reunion Island. He runs the kitchen of the restaurant "Au Ti Panier" in Saint Gilles where he discovers all the richness of Reunion dishes.

He enjoys creating and playing with rum arranged with excellent local exotic fruits. He sent part of it to his brother, who stayed in France. Anthony, who can hardly resist his brother's creations, savor them with those around him.

en sec, glacé ou en cocktail, dégustez le rhum mafana

One Friday evening, Anthony discovers the arrangement made from the infusion of Mafane brèdes flowers. It is a revelation for the two brothers, who are pleasantly surprised by the effect of these precious flowers. One of them then decides to grow the plant in his garden. Miracle, growth is possible in France!
In this sense, at the beginning of 2017, the two brothers decided to launch the Saka Spirits house. After having worked for a long time on the balance of the Mafana rum recipe, as of July 2017, more than 60 contributors pre-order the Mafana rum without even having tasted it! It is then the beginning of a beautiful family creation...

Gradually, flower production became more and more important. It was then that our first producer Yannick began to harvest the first flowers in his fields in Cormes Ecluse, in the south of Charente-Maritime. The first 1000 bottles were going to be assembled at our partner, the Bercloux distillery, a very fine spirits house based near Saintes (17).

 bouteille de rhum mafana avec fond noir

From now on, our Brède Mafane flowers are produced a little further north-west, in Loire-Atlantique, between Nantes and Pornic, in Saint Hilaire de Chaléons which is 20 minutes from the Loire and 20 minutes from Lake Grandlieu. It is therefore in "la Ferme à Culture" that we have found an ideal humid environment for this watercress. We have entrusted organic production to Fabien, a young farmer based in Saint Hilaire de Chaléons, who cultivates our flowers without chemicals, for incredible flower quality.