Considered to be the rum capital of the world, rum production has been an extremely significant part of Puerto Rico’s economy since the 16th century, and still is today. From sampling some of the rums in the Bacardi portfolio to tasting the local favorite at a rum museum, a rum tasting tour is an absolute must when in San Juan.
Casa Bacardi Distillery Tour
Situated on the western side of Bahia in San Juan, the Bacardi distillery, which is the largest distillery in the world, offers three different tours, but, for those interested in doing plenty of sampling, it is the Rum Tasting Tour that you should sign up for. After your welcome cocktail, you will be taken on a tour of the distillery, as well as the Cathedral of Rum. Next up is the tasting, which will feature some of the finest rums within the Bacardi portfolio, before visitors can spend some time taking a look around the brand new Bacardi Visitor Center for themselves.
Casa Melaza Rum Boutique
Housed in the historic Casa del Cabildo, which was once the City Hall of San Juan from the 1600’s until the early 1800’s, the Casa Melaza Rum Boutique is a unique store that also has its very own tasting room. Rum tastings here are held every day, with the rums chosen based on your own personal taste. During the tasting, you will be taught more about the history of rum in Puerto Rico, as well as the families that have produced it for generations. From understanding the differences between each rum that you try to learning exactly how rum is made, this is a rum tasting that offers a truly fascinating educational angle.
Rum Tasting Tour – Castillo Tours
This Rum Tasting Tour is offered by Castillo Tours, and combines the rum with some delicious Puerto Rican cuisine. The tour begins at one of the finest restaurants in the city, where you will spend an hour with their trained bartender, tasting, and learning how to distinguish between, four of the city’s favorite rums. After learning more about the history of each rum, as well as the secrets of each brand that you taste, you will then sit down to enjoy some lip-licking local tapas.
Spirits of Puerto Rico – Legends of Puerto Rico
Held by Legends of Puerto Rico, the Spirits of Puerto Rico rum tour has been extremely popular since it first launched in 2008. The tasting is held at a boutique restaurant in Old San Juan, and, over the course of the evening, you will likely be tasting around twelve different local rums. From the Ron Del Barrilito, which is one of the oldest rum companies on the island, to the Trigo Reserva Aneja, which has to be aged for at least 12 years, to the Don Q Gran Anejo, this tasting will teach you so much about this complex spirit.
There are many different types of rum tasting tours in San Juan, from group distillery tours to private tastings, and you are likely to find whichever type you are after. Puerto Rico is home to some of the finest rums in the world, so be sure to make the most of this when you are visiting San Juan.