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“Undiscovered Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Foursquare Distillery

Foursquare Distillery
Barbados
246-420-1977
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Type: Historic Sites, Factory Tours
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Williamstown NJ
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47 attraction reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“Undiscovered Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We where In Barbados for a day while on a cruise and rented a van for a day to do some sightseeing on our own. We visited several places that day including Foursquare.
We read about FourSquare Rum before our visit and it did not disappoint us. We read about Mt Gay Rummery and wanted to visited something more then a tasting and gift shop, so we skipped that.
Foursquare is a working rum distillery. Admission was free, which we liked. It is a self-guided tour, but there were several workers around who answered any questions we had. There was a small museum, and several historic restored building. The grounds were beautiful, well maintained. You actually tour the working rummery. They were putting rum in barrels while we where there.
After touring the grounds, we did a tasting of several of their rums. We liked most of them and bought a couple bottles. It was very low pressure to buy.
The tasting staff were very knowledgable and made the experience a pleasant one.
We spent over 2 hours there, and was our most enjoyable stop on Barbados.
We would highly recommend a visit to Foursquare while visiting Barbados. We were a group of 4 adults and 2 kids ages 13 & 17, and the kids enjoyed it also and were not bored at all..
We were the only visitors there that day during that time to see this undiscovered gem.

Visited November 2012
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rickinghall
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“and it was free......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We had been told about the Foursquare Distillery by some other travellers and decided to give it a go.
The grounds are lovely as it is an heritage park as well with lots of old equipment. it is clean and very well kept, but if you are expecting a guided tour of the factory then this is not for you, as it is a self guided tour.There are displays around the tour which are informative. Being a self guided tour means you are not rushed and you can take your time absorbing the atmosphere and the smell of rum which pervades the air.
At the end of the tour you can try samples and if you wish purchase your supplies at the shop.
It was great and we enjoyed it much more than we would have enjoyed the Mount gay tour and most importantly it was free.

I would add that they are not open all the time as one couple we met could not go round due to a staff meeting.

Visited October 2012
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Barbados
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“Interesting alternative attraction!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is an interesting tour of a smaller rum factory and good place to buy drinks to take home. Also located in a lovely are of the island so incorporate into one of your island tours!!!

Visited August 2012
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Big Lake, Minnesota
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“So much unrealized potential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

I have to completely agree with the previous review. This property has very nice grounds and some really cool buildings BUT the tour is self guided. I would have really enjoyed have a knowledgable guide to answer some questions. We were with a cruise group so we on a timetable and had to rush through the factory part of the tour. Lot's of stuff to look at but just not enough time. The rum tasting was great! The bartenders did take the time to explain the differences between not only their own brands but some of the nuances of the various island competitors. They were happy to allow you to sample all the various rums they have available. This tour would be perfect if they added a little more structure on the front end and took advantage of the fantastic grounds.

Visited May 2012
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Somersworth, New Hampshire, USA
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“Such Potential and great rum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

Let me start by saying that my husband and I first tried Foursquare 10 years ago and cannot get it in our part of the US. We have been craving it ever since.

The Mt. Gay tour is very 'corporate' and you don't get to see the full rum making process (you used to be able to but they have since moved a large portion of the operation to St. Lucy). At Foursquare, you walk through the entire operation guided by painted feet on the ground, and signs explaining what you see. No guides, no rush, and no real crowds that we could see.

There is also a wonderfully done culture museum, and a children's playground that is a bit old, but has tremendous potential. I could see easily spending a day there with my child if the playground were cleaned up just a little.

The bartender was incredibly knowledgeable, and we did have to purchase tastings which are included at Mt Gay and St Nicholas Abbey (which uses Foursquare Rum), but they were not expensive since the tour was free (from what we could tell). The building that houses the bar/retail store is wonderful architecturally and could easily house a very nice restaurant should they wish to expand further.

Visited December 2011
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