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The only reason this isn't getting 5 stars is because we got to the tour late even though everyone in our party was there and waiting on time. However, the tour is only $20 and we were given all you could drink rum tasting! Like, they let you pour everything yourself and will replenish the bottles!
Tour was great. Dad had met us under the umbrella and promptly took us to the distillery. It was about a 10 minute drive and he gave us a little background on Georgetown and Grand Cayman. He gave us about 90 minutes for the actual tour before returning. The tour itself was great with tons of samples
This tour was an absolute blast! The kiosk at the port was easy to find, the driver was friendly and punctual and the staff at the distillery was extremely entertaining. The tour itself was also very informative. Plenty of samples are available prior to, during, and after the tour which are included in the very reasonable tour fee. You will not be disappointed. We bought one of the small souvenir barrels and a couple bottles of white rum, which is now aging on my liquor cabinet in Fort Lauderdale. The tour itself is about an hour, which leaves plenty of time for shopping or grabbing a bite to eat in town. Next time we are in Grand Cayman, we will probably do this again!
Tour was excellent, a small young distillery, the guide was wonderful, explained the process from beginning to end and answered all our questions, and the rum and vodka were all very good... but the tour operators Discount Tours dropped us off but never came back despite several calls from the distillery operators, they were kind enough to call a taxi for us, so that was an extra expense. my suggestion grab a taxi not a long trip 4 per person and do it yourself or some other company offering the same tour.
Loved the Cayman!!! Plan to visit and stay for a few days so we can see the whole island. The rum distillery was very interesting and fun! Loved the tasting and bought the vodka to bring back to my husband and the BBQ sauce was to die for!!! Used it the day after we got back on some baby back ribs!!! Wish I could get more of that vodka, it is so smooth!!!
Just a warning -- there are several locations where the tender boats dock so you need to walk around and make sure you are in the right place. We were told to meet at a yellow and blue kiosk, but there are several those colors! Anyway, once we found our guide all went smoothly. The distillery is about a 15 minute ride from town. Our driver was very chatty and gave us lots of laughs. The distillery is small but the people running it were very professional and informative about the process of making their different varieties. You even get to see the rum being bottled. The tasting is super generous and you can taste as many flavors or types as you want. It was fun to combine flavors -- my personal favorite was banana, coconut and coffee together ... yummy! Our driver was a few minutes late picking us back up but the traffic with so many ships in port is very congested. He dropped us back in town so we could shop a bit and catch the tender back to our ship.
I'm giving this 5 stars because of the tour guide/driver and the male tour guide at the distillery. Both were great and knowledgeable. This is basically a taxi ride to the distillery and back to the port shopping area. If this is what you are looking for that, this fits. The distillery guide was very informative and they are free with the pours. We tasted rum at various stages in the distillery process. Our tour guide/driver was informative, professional and pleasant, sorry I can't remember his name. He is a Cayman native and took us to a delicious seaside restaurant, Cayman cabana. Our meal was delicious. Fish tacos, Drunken shrimp, fish and chips, onion rings and 3 drinks - 77 cayman, 96 US dollars. I little surprised but the meal was so delicious, the seafood is fresh caught, we saw the fishermen cleaning fresh caught fish at the shore. Would go back again.
Nothing beats an 11am rum tasting!
After a short van ride from the dock, you arrive at the distillery.
You start off in the tasting room/gift shop.
They make more than just rum. We tasted vodka, light rum, dark rum, spiced rum my favorite, their premium rum Seven Fathoms and several flavored liquors.
After getting lubricated you go into the production area where you see how everything is made and bottled.
We also had the chance to taste directly from the vats.....really strong stuff here!
Afterwards we ended up back in the tasting room were we continued to sip and bought a bottle to bring home.
The only problem was, we bought a bottle of spiced rum and when we were back on our ship we noticed that they gave us a bottle of dark rum instead. Oh well, a good excuse to go back!