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“Great Day” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mount Gay Visitor Centre

Mount Gay Visitor Centre
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$70.00*
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Mount Gay Signature Rum Tour with Lunch
Ranked #4 of 89 things to do in Bridgetown
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Owner description: Set against the brilliant blue of the Caribbean sea and sky, our Visitor Centre invites guests from around the world to discover the story behind Barbados' finest spirit. Greeted in our lush green garden, visitors will explore the history, heritage and craft of Mount Gay rums, while special tours treat you to a cocktail mixing session or a traditional Bajan lunch. Come learn of the distillation, ageing and blending techniques that have been perfected over 310 years of crafting the world's oldest rum! Mount Gay Rum: There is a Time and a Place.
Warwickshire
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

We did the Cocktail tour last year, so decided to do the lunch tour this time. Again the staff were very informative and friendly. We were given rum punch to try and got to taste 3 of the rums that they make. After the tour we went back to the bar and were shown to our seats for our lunch. The food was wonderful. I have read some of the reviews about the Cocktail tour and am sad that it is disappointing now. Would recommend the Lunch tour tho, Ryan one of the bar tenders is still as comical as he was the first time.

Visited June 2014
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Meriden, United Kingdom
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“Museum interesting but Cocktail tour - Disappointing!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We under took the Cocktail Tour which included a tour of the site and we were then supposed to be shown how to make cocktails ! We paid a lot for the tour, 50 US dollars each, and did not think we received good value for our money! The guided tour itself was interesting with some samples of their rums - but the Cocktail element was not explained very well as we were put in to small groups to randomly make cocktails with an assortment of tools, fruit and rums - we assumed we would at least be shown how to make some before being let loose ourselves. We were left very disappointed as for extra money to do the cocktail element was very poor value. Our group of six would not recommend this Cocktail trip to anyone!!

Visited June 2014
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Norfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“What a joke!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

The tour was great but the cocktail bit was a farce. I've been many times before and the cocktail challenge was great but this time the format has been completely changed. You are faced with making a cocktail with rum and a pile of fruit - that's it except for minor mixers like sugar and bitters. Then you are asked to write and read out a story incorporating a number of words to gain points! Come on guys why do people go to Mount Gay cocktail tours? For a 50 dollar weak rum punch and some children's party games? I think not. Give this a miss until the old format returns.

Visited June 2014
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Marc M, Manager at Mount Gay Visitor Centre, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for your review Colbrown

We are working on increasing the amount of tasting done during the session, as well as re-introducing other fun aspects into the Tour; to be re-introduced as early as the next Cocktail Tour session on Wednesday.

Thank you once again.
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Sydney, Australia
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“Cocktail tour - changed itinery what a disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

Previously attended this tour and had a great time. Unfortunately they have change the format with no advantages. Instead of the fun cocktail making session behind the bar this has been replaced with a strange set up when you mix fresh fruit am rum together and write a story. You do not learn how to make any cocktails or try any - perhaps a tiny taste at the end. I have never walked out of a rum tour sober but guess there is a first time for everything. In summary this tour was a waste of time and money. What a shame as I really feel the last tour was fantastic and not broken so why change it.

Visited June 2014
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Marc M, Manager at Mount Gay Visitor Centre, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for your review Claire,

We are working on increasing the amount of tasting done during the session, as well as re-introducing other fun aspects into the Tour; to be re-introduced as early as the next Cocktail Tour session on Wednesday.

Thank you once again for your feedback.
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Providenciales
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“History, rum samples and a delicious lunch! Perfect Combination!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

As a business traveler, I seldom take the time to enjoy things like this. I had a few hours between meetings, so I booked the tour. I can't say enough about this place. Every person, from the ticket office to the friendly knowledgeable tour guide to the wait staff at lunch was fantastic! The tour information was well presented, the rum tastings were generous and the traditional Bajan Buffet lunch was delicious. I would recommend that this be on the "don't miss” list for anyone visiting beautiful Barbados.
One small thing was missing…the lack of Caribbean music in the dining area or gift shop. Sipping rum in a festive lively atmosphere with local music would have been a nice touch. May even help liquor sales in the gift shop. After all, this is the Caribbean!

Visited June 2014
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