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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  • August 15, 2017
    I did not find a lot in Nassau that I loved, but this place was beautiful and well maintained, while also having great history, behind it.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The estate and grounds are lovely. Our guide on the very short trip was quite dramatic and amusing and also quite pleasant and helpful. We split a rum flight and I am pretty sure they gave us generous...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A short visit to this beautiful facility is worth. You can try three different rum for 6.50 USD. I understand that, because nothing is required for entry. Otherwise, there are always those customers who want to buy but "try everything".
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  • May 31, 2017
    The staff was very friendly and the tour was short & sweet - exactly the way I prefer them! I'm normally not a pina colada fan, but theirs are amazing! We stopped in Nassau on a cruise, and walked here from the port. We did see several people take taxis. Either way - worth the trip!
  • April 18, 2017
    Loved it and don't forget to have a pina-coloda before you leave. It was the best i ever tasted and I followed it up with a shot of the single barrel. Bottoms up
  • March 29, 2017
    The tour guides can be hilarious and the 30 minute tour might be worth your time even if you are not into rum. Tours are conducted randomly when the guides feel that a critical mass of tourists have arrived at the distillery (they'd probably do a tour for just two people if no one else seems to be arriving). The pina colada samples they serve at the opening of each tour were very good and the distillery grounds are expansive and beautiful.
  • March 7, 2017
    Such a cool side trip! They have a tasting room and offer tours. We brought some bottles home and they were a hit!
  • December 30, 2016
    A great short tour of the distillery, it is all about 5-6 minutes but it is good and it starts with a small Piña colada, and at the end of the tour you pass through the gift shop whee you can get a bottle of you favourite rum. The bar has an offer of $6.50 for trying the three rums which is good value and the veranda is a good place to do so.

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