The islands that make up the Caribbean are known for their exotic sandy beaches with clear blue waters, and sunshine that deeply bronzes your skin. You know that else they are known for? Rum, the lovely liquor that is the epitome of ‘sugar, spice, and everything nice’. Whether you are a rum enthusiast or just curious to savour a classic taste, The Bar Ibiza has five destinations where you can enjoy a beautiful holiday, and get a warm Caribbean buzz!
Rum has been the beating heart of Barbados for over 350 years, and is well-recognized and respected world-wide. We encourage you take an afternoon off from soaking up at the beach (very difficult, we know), and relish in the taste and history of the spirit at Mount Gay Distillery, where the history of rum famously begins in 1703. Barbados also hosts a rum and food festival every autumn over several days and nights, where you can partake in everything rum until your heart’s content.
Much like Barbados, Jamaica has had a long affair producing rum, and when you come here a delectable rum-infused cocktail is one of the first things on your mind. After you’ve sucked back a few of those, there are options for distillery tours like Appleton Estate, a staple of Jamaican rum. Appleton Estate’s distillery is only two hours away from the incredibly popular destinations Montego Bay and Negril, making a stop there a perfect day-trip opportunity.
Cuba is one of the more affordable Caribbean islands to visit, but it’s still rich in culture. No visit here is complete without polishing off a bottle (or two, or three) of Havana Club rum, and following it with a Cuban cigar. Fancy a proper rum-based cocktail instead? Havana is said to be the birthplace of the mojito, and you can head to La Bodeguita del Medio for a true authentic taste, just like Hemingway did.
It’s hard to forget a destination that has an entire month dedicated to rum. August in Dominican Republic is National Rum Month, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honour the Caribbean spirit. Dominican Republic is also home to the best selling rum in the Caribbean, Brugal Anejo. A tour at their distillery in Puerto Plata only costs a grand total of $5USD- quite a steal! A very small price to pay for a look into the D.R.’s finest.
Trinidad & Tobago
Obviously we can’t leave out The Bar Ibiza’s rum of the month – the Angustora 1919. Trinidad & Tobago is home to this multi award winning blend of rum – and the Angustora distillery is the only one on the island. 1919 is the year this blend of rum was first casked. The rum is aged 8 years in (what else) ex Bourbon barrels. Angustora believe it “will be the smoothest rum you have ever tasted with notes of oak, cocoa and vanilla” – we couldn’t agree more.