Rum is a significant and symbolic part of Barbados’s history and culture. It is the cornerstone of the ‘Rum Shop’ culture. A byproduct of Barbados’ main commodity, sugar cane, it is a staple at social gatherings and believed to be a cure for many ailments.
Rum is made from sugar cane by a process of fermentation and distillation. For over 350 years, rum has been produced in Barbados. However, it wasn’t until Mount Gay Rum began distilling in 1703, that Barbados was acknowledged as the birthplace of rum. Barbados rum is distinguished as the strongest and most refined in the world! It is the main ingredient to some of the sweetest and spiciest tropical libations that Barbados has to offer, including the Barbados Rum Punch and the Bajan Painkiller.
Annually, Barbados hosts the Food & Wine and Rum Festival. This festival is a sophisticated, upscale culinary celebration which features acclaimed international and local chefs, wine experts and mixologists.
Very high on the list of things to do in Barbados, are our invigorating rum tours: