The Taste Bacardi Distillery Tour in Cataño, Puerto Rico concluded with a delicious complimentary mixed drink that was served in a commemorative Bacardi cup under the ceiling of an open-air bar and coupled with party music. The atmosphere was fun, inviting and lively.
Before this, as I entered on the premises, I was greeted by a security guard who gave me instructions on where to park my car. The well-kept grounds were beautiful, green, and filled with trees of all sorts.
Although, the tour used to be free, visitors now have to pay $12.00 per person, $8.00 for seniors and $6.00 for residents of Puerto Rico with a local ID. In exchange, they will receive a drink token, a tall Bacardi cup as a souvenir, an informative brochure of the Bacardi Distillery Tour and a buzzer that will go off when your tour is available.
Within minutes my buzzer went off! I boarded the trolley that drove around the grounds while the tour guide simultaneously shared the history and identified each building on the way to the Bacardi Visitor’s Center.
The architecture of the building that hosted the Visitor’s Center was artistically designed. There were tall white pillars and the Bacardi logo that starred in the center. As I entered the main lobby, there was a mini waterfall with the emblem of the bat sitting at the top. The room painted a warm golden yellow, had exhibits or paintings that were in each corner. Photos were allowed in the lobby. However, were prohibited throughout the rest of the tour.
My next stop was the viewing room in which I watched a short film. The foundation of the family business, the failures and the success of this multi-billion dollar company was the focal point.
Throughout the balance of the tour, I learned about the rum making process and smelled the various flavors of Bacardi Rum. An experienced Mixologists also shared recipes on how to make signature cocktails made with its number one ingredient, Bacardi Rum. Laughter filled the room because the comedic Mixologist told a lot of jokes throughout his presentation.
Eventually, the tour ended in the gift shop that sold a plethora of items with the Bacardi Logo on it. There were cups, hats, cigars, t-shirts and much more! I exited the gift shop and went on a 10-minute walk back to the open bar.
I gave the bartender my token and ordered the Distillery Signature Cocktail. It was made with strawberry syrup, St. German, Bacardi Superior, ice, and lemonade. Yummy! The taste was a fusion of flavors that was refreshing with every sip. It was also entertaining to watch the bartender create this delectable masterpiece.
Overall, The Taste Bacardi Distillery Tour was a fun experience. Throughout the tour, you will not see the actual rum making process nor will you watch the rum bottled. However, the tour guide shared as much information as possible about the production of Bacardi Rum.
What I loved about The Taste Bacardi Distillery Tour is that it is open to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a social drinker, party drinker or that you don’t drink at all. The tour is an educational experience that everyone can enjoy.
If you do choose to drink, then drink responsibly!
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