Island Heritage – Barbados Distilleries


Mount Gay rumdfr barbados resizeRum is a staple in the Caribbean life, and more importantly in the Barbadian lifestyle, so much so, Barbadians claim to have a rum shop on every corner. Being produced here for over 350 years, Barbados’ rum is considered to be some of the best in the world. Join a tour and have a look at the production of these fine liqueurs.

Barbados has three major rum distilleries, Mount Gay Distilleries, West Indies Rum Distilleries and Foursquare Rum Distilleries. There is also St. Nicholas Abbey who produces rum on a smaller scale.


Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. Established in 1703, is one of the oldest and most respected distilleries in the world.  Mount Gay Rum is a symbol of excellence and a representation of what Barbados has to offer. Focussed solely on rum, each bottle in the Mount Gay fleet is blended to perfection. You can enjoy intriguing tours, tasting sessions and learn more about the brand and its history, with the Mount Gay Rum Tours.

West Indies Rum Distilleries Established in 1893 by the Stades brothers, distils world class rums and spirits. Cockspur Rum, one of the many bottles distilled here, is of the highest quality known to man. Visit Cockspur Beach Club and spend a relaxed day on the beach, enjoy tastings and arrange your tour of the West Indies Rum Distillery.

st nicholas abbey rumFoursquare Rum Distilleries and Heritage Park A family owned and operated, sits on eight acres of land which was formerly a sugar factory. The restored factory buildings now house the distillery, while the plantation yard is used for entertainment purposes. The property houses the distillery, as well as other attractions. These include museums and craft shops.

One other mentionable distillery is located at St. Nicholas Abbey. Built in 1658, St. Nicholas Abbey is said to be one of ONLY three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Restored to an impeccable condition, the Abbey uses the traditional distillation process to produce rum on a smaller scale. This allows visitors to have a more intimate experience with the production of their rum.
These distilleries provide rum connoisseurs with some of the best alcoholic spirits ever created. Today, visitors and locals can enjoy Barbados rum, learn about the history and its distilling process by visiting the various distilleries across the island.

Article © Caribbean Dreams Magazine
Photos for this page compilments Barbados Tourism Authority - UK and St. Nicholas Abbey

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