Barbados is a beautiful Caribbean island nation known for its tranquil beaches, high-end hotels, and rich Caribbean culture.
Many remnants of Barbados’ colonial past have been preserved as historical monuments, surrounded by tropical rainforests or overlooking the turquoise waters of the ocean.
Some of the oldest historical sites are sugarcane plantations and, consequently, rum distilleries. Barbados is one of the key producers of both products. Barbados rum is a source of pride in this paradisiacal island nation, and the rum distilleries on my list are a testament to the centuries-old history of rum production.
So if you’re looking for a delicious rum rooted in centuries of distilling tradition, check out my list of Barbados rum brands below.
Mount Gay is Barbados’ oldest continuously working plantation and distillery, established in 1703 by plantation owner John Gay Alleyne. The Mount Gay plantation and distillery is in charge of every step of rum production, from growing the sugar cane, to using the 300-year-old well for their fresh water supply.
They offer a variety of high-end gold and dark rums aged in Oak barrels. For sipping, the 1703 Master Select has a wonderful raisin, toast, and spice palate.
According to Plantation Barbados Rum Distillery, rum and sugar cane production both originated in Barbados. They take pride in their pivotal history as the originators of Caribbean rum by offering a well-rounded line of white, gold, and dark rums.
One of their most awarded rums is the 5-year aged gold rum that gets a French cognac barrel finish, instilling a complex flavor profile.
Named for prohibition-era rum runner Bill McCoy, The Real McCoy Rum company honors the traditions of rum making popular during the 20s and 30s. Their rum uses blackstrap molasses, distilled in small batches, and aged between three and 12 years.
The 3-year white rum is a great rum for sipping and cocktails, with a buttery, sweet, and coconutty palate.