Barbados in the Lesser Antilles is an island country that’s been a popular holiday destination for decades. Part of the appeal is its local rum industry which has grown on the island for over 350 years, and for which reason locals refer to it as the “birthplace of rum”; where the drink has become a part of the nation’s heritage, history and economy.
Bajan rum (or rum from Barbados) has a reputation worldwide as a high-quality, complex and enjoyable drink, while the island locals serve tourists in numerous rum shops that are stocked by four distilleries. There is a range of production types in each of the rum companies on the island, ranging from complex mechanical systems to traditional distilling, both of which produce that distinctive Bajan flavour.
Visitors may enjoy taking part in the annual Food, Wine and Rum festival in November, which serves up the best tastes on offer in Barbados, along with the fabled Rum Punch, which is the island’s national drink, a cocktail of lime, water, syrup, angostura bitters, nutmeg and of course, dark rum. The recipe is said to date back to the 19th Century and served up with a little rhyme as well: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.”
Spend your holidays to Barbados and be sure to tour the distilleries and visitor’s centres in and around the famous rum companies on the island.