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. Plan to visit John Watling's Distillery during your Nassau vacation using our convenient Nassau trip itinerary maker .
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  • I loved my trip here. The tour was short and informative, but take the time to enjoy the paintings on the walls and read the stories! You'll learn about Bahamian troops fighting in the War for Indepen...  more »
  • We ran himself walking to the distillery. is everything very well written. First, get a small cup of Piña colada to the sample and subsequent tour. Our tour guide was absolutely unmotivated and we have understood a word because he spoke so quickly. What was but in itself not necessarily so tragic, because the tour was free of charge. As is usual with such tours, you end up at the end in the souvenir shop where you can also buy the rum and then at the bar. We have given us a Piña colada there and he was really world class. A little pricey, but really tasty. A visit here is worth just for the drink.
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  • The tour was short but interesting. The shop sells rum which is very good. They also sell hats and shirts. The grounds are very nice and there is an interesting history to the place.  more »
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  • Save your time and skip this one. John Watling's was the biggest disappointment in Nassau. Our tour guide was cool, but the tour lasted only five minutes. There's not much to see here except some barrels and a couple of chickens. The most disappointing aspect is that the rum is overpriced and undrinkable. Even their "finer" Buena Vista aged rum has an unpleasant nose of rubbing alcohol, a harsh undeveloped pallet, and finished like gasoline. It's a shame to see the Bahamas not making an effort to make a better rum. I found only a very nicely designed bottle with nothing inside worth drinking, nothing more than what should be cheap rum for frozen drink mixers. We also found the bartender to lack any sense of personality. If you skipped this site on your trip, you wouldn't miss anything.
  • This is a really nice distillery. Everyone is super friendly and learning the history of neighboring islands and rum was really cool. Uncle Will who works at the bar had been there since the beginning and he has a lot of knowledge about the various rums. He's also a really great guy. I highly recommend shopping by as the tour is free, and definitely try all the rums. If you like vodka, they have vodka as well and its a very different, but delicious, taste as it is made with cane sugar!
  • Cool place! The distillery tour was brief, however interesting. The rum tasting and free samples were also good! Nice patio and bar. I want to go back sometime!
  • Yes, do not miss this stop when visiting Nassau!! This was one of my favorite places on island and I plan to go back. Possibly the best rum in the world, and a really cool tour.
  • We had an great time at the distillery. We opted for the short tour which was entertaining. The rum is well priced and the mixed drinks are great. The Pina Colada was fantastic! Lots of seating inside and out. Really a good atmosphere and a nice getaway from busy Nassau.

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