January 17, 2013
Thought to be one of the world’s oldest distilled beverages, Barbados first started to produce rum back in the 17thcentury and has continued to supply the world with top quality liquor ever since. Now boasting over 350 years of experience in the distillation process, Barbados is the place to go if you want to sample the good stuff, and learn a little local history at the same time. Emerging out of the growth of the sugarcane industry, Barbadian rum has become an important part of the local economy, as well as a symbol of the nation’s heritage.
The island’s oldest distillery, Mount Gay Distilleries has been producing rum since 1703 and is one of the world’s oldest rum brands. With their unwavering commitment to quality, Mount Gay continues to create some of the island’s best rum and now ships its prised produce across much of the world. You can even visit the distillery on a Mount Gay Rum tour and see for yourself just how the experts do it. Tours operate throughout most of the day during the week and introduce visitors to the history of Barbadian rum, the unique process of distillation at Mount Gay, and last but certainly not least, allow for a fair few tastings before making your wobbly way home.
There’s also an annual Food, Wine & Rum Festival that takes place in Barbados every November with demonstrations, tastings and new rum-based recipes created especially for the event. We couldn’t ask for a better excuse to visit.
Header photo © Petr Kratochvil, Public Domain Pictures
Virgin Atlantic operates flights to Barbados from London Gatwick.