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John Watling's Distillery

Delancy St, Nassau, The Bahamas
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John Watling’s Distillery, Nassau Nassau  The Bahamas
Why is the Rum Gone? Nassau  The Bahamas
John Watling's Distillery Nassau  The Bahamas
John Watling’s Distillery, Nassau Nassau  The Bahamas
Why is the Rum Gone? Nassau  The Bahamas
John Watling's Distillery Nassau  The Bahamas

John Watling’s Distillery, Nassau

A visit to John Watling’s Distillery offers both a tour of a historic estate in downtown Nassau and the opportunity to sample locally made John Watling’s rum. The distillery, the only locally owned one on the island, is housed in the Buena Vista Estate, which began construction in 1789. The estate grounds encompass tropical gardens and a 200-year-old water well. Visitors can also take a free tour of the museum and distillery, where you can see the aged white oak barrels filled with rum. Finish the tour with a cocktail from the on-site Red Turtle Tavern, or pick a bottle of John Watling’s rum from the store.

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over 4 years ago

Why is the Rum Gone?

There’s no reason to deny it; you’ve come running for the rum. Bahamian rum is a potent tropical elixir, and there are plenty of blends for you to sample while you skip from island to island. A tour of the John Watling’s Distillery in Nassau is as much about the views as it is about the booze, with the facility housed in the beautiful Buena Vista Estate overlooking the harbor. The Graycliff Cigar and Rum Tour will have you rolling in no time, while the historic Graycliff Hotel is itself worth a wander (don’t forget to visit the chocolatier). You can arrange a number of private rum and wine tours from Nassau, though the most authentic experiences involve you getting your hands dirty.
over 2 years ago

John Watling's Distillery

Right in downtown Nassau, this small-batch rum distillery—set in an elegant, refurbished 1789 estate—is the only locally owned distillery on the island. Free tours of the facility are offered here daily; you can sample the tasty product (neat or mixed into traditional Bahamian cocktails) at the property’s genteel bar. You can also pick up bottles of its signature pale, amber and dark Buena Vista rums at the on-site shop.