On this popular tour, you learn the colorful story behind the world's oldest rum—made in Barbados since 1703. Although the modern distillery is in the far north, in St. Lucy Parish, tour guides at the Visitors Centre here in St. Michael explain the rum-making procedure. Equipment, both historic and modern, is on display, and rows and rows of barrels are stored in this location. The 45-minute tour runs hourly (last tour begins at 3:30 weekdays, 2:30 on Saturday) and concludes with a tasting and an opportunity to buy bottles of rum and gift items—and even have lunch or cocktails, depending on the time of day.
Nov 15, 2002
I found this fairly typical of other distillery/winery tours that I've taken in other countries. You get a fairly detailed explanation about the process of rum production and get to see more than many places show you. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The samples were nice, too.
Sep 25, 2002
Although sampling the three kinds of locally produced rum was not a bad deal, the overall experience at Mount Gay distillery was nothing I would ever recommend to anyone. Starting out with a video in a small theater, you were educated about the processing and history of Mt. Gay rum, taken to a recreated pub for samles and into the gift shop. At NO time did you actually enter the distillery. It appears to me to be just a scam to get you into the souvenier
shop. I have heard that the tour to Malibu Distillery is much better.