Bacardi Rum Factory Tour Puerto Rico
In my previous post I detailed the "EAT" component of my recent Eat. Pray. Dream. Vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico. One of those stops along my culinary journey involved a trip to the Bacardi Rum Factory for a tour of the facilities.
Bacardi is the largest producer of rum in the entire world and it was awesome to be able to see the history of the family owned company as well as the process behind how the rum is made.
Don Facundo Bacardí Massó immigrated to Santiago de Cuba in 1830 when he set up business as a wine merchant and importer. Within a few years, he began to experiment with the distillation of rum. After years of experimentation he achieved a breakthrough that revolutionized the manufacture of rum and eventually transformed it from a local Caribbean beverage into an internationally consumed spirit.
The new type of rum, Bacardí, much lighter and milder than the local spirits, became the local favorite. On February 4, 1862, Don Facundo Bacardí and his brother, José, bought a small tin distillery which included a copper cast iron alembic. With this the stage was set for Don Facundo to revolutionize the spirit industry. (From the Bacardi Website)
We jumped on one of the tour buses which drove us around the property and gave us a history of the company
An example of one of the earlier types of barrels that held the rum as it matured
Many parts of the tour were off limits to photography, as it should be, but we were able take pictures again once we got to this part of the tour - a bar type environment set up with the various types of drinks crafted from the Bacardi Rum!
Parting gifts are always great :-). The tour admission includes a commemorative glass along with a Rum cocktail!
The Bacardi Rum Factory is in the Cantano area of the island and isn't within walking distance of San Juan. We took a cab there and back with a cool cab driver named Guilermo! We paid him $80, round trip, and he acted as our personal chauffeur - he drove us there, stayed until we were done, then drove us back to our hotel. There are certainly cheaper methods of getting there but sometimes spending a little money for convenience is worth it!
For more info about the Bacardi Factory or if you're interested in taking a tour, visit their website here ---> www.visitcasabacardi.com
- Dr. April