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John Watling's Distillery, Nassau

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Tour John Watling's Distillery at the historic Buena Vista Estate and see the "Spirit of The Bahamas" rum being bottled in small batches the old-fashioned way by Bahamian hands. Nestled on a hill between lush tropical gardens overlooking the harbor, the 1789 distillery took its name from "a pious pirate who sailed the Bahamian seas." Take a self-guided tour that directs you past antiques dating back more than 300 years to the warehouse, which stores over 1,000 white oak barrels. Do not miss the chance to savor a variety of handcrafted quality rums or signature Bahamian cocktails at the tavern, the walls of which are covered in historical photographs of the area. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Nassau holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the John Watling's Distillery and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We stopped at John Watling's Distillery on our last trip to Nassau. We took a tour and our young guide did an outstanding job. We stayed with a welcome drink and the learned about the history of the o...  more »
  • Watch for the untrained attack chickens in the parking lot. Great tour. Great views of the bay outside. The view must have been incredible when the building was first built. Nice grounds. Short, albei...  more »
  • Wandered through Nassau during a port stop on my cruise. Beautiful grounds, greeted at the door with a sample of a pina colada which was refreshing and delicious after walking around in the warm sun. ...  more »
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  • Beautiful old building and grounds. There is a short self guided tour and a nice shop and bar where you can purchase a number of different drinks made with their rums. I wish there would have been someone to give more information about the history of the distillery, but I guess you can look that up online.
  • A pleasant stop. Beautiful grounds and an historic building with a brief self-guided tour of handcrafted rum distillery. Relaxing tasting room and breezy patio for rum tasting or cocktails made by knowledgeable bartenders.
  • Excellent piece of history and after extensive testing of many rums in the world, Buena Vista rum from watling's is best.
  • very cool old structure (history), but it is mostly blocked off, you walk through the house to the barn like distillery... to modern of a distillery for "history".
  • Awesome tour of distillery. Nice gift shop. Great rum. Will go again.