Rum is more than a social lubricant here on the island of Barbados. It’s the history, culture, and essence of the island slowly poured over ice. Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay distillery—founded in 1703—is believed to be the oldest rum found anywhere in the world. For three centuries sailors and seamen have sipped its amber silk, and during a visit to the Mount Gay Distillery, travelers can literally taste the history that’s shaped Barbados’ past. Learn how sugar cane is fermented into rum, and sample varieties of fine rum with hints of vanilla and almond. Hear the tales of how rum is tied with seafaring, sailing, and pirates, and watch as the liquid is carefully bottled for shipment across the globe. Finally, after watching a film on rum production and hearing the history of Mount Gay, sample the smooth, award-winning rums at the tasting room bar and gift shop.