Rum has been produced in Puerto Rico since the 16th century. Puerto Rican rums remain popular and rum produced in this country accounts for more than 70 percent of all rum consumed in the United States. Of the many well-known brands produced on the island, Bacardi is the top selling brand of Puerto Rican rum in the United States.
Bacardi rum has been produced in Puerto Rico since 1862 and remains one of the best known brands in the world. This product is available in many varieties and mixed blends and the factory is open for tours. Bacardi Factory Tours are offered by Go Tours Puerto Rico to provide the opportunity for visitors to learn about the history of rum making in Puerto Rico and the process of distilling rum.
History of Rum in Puerto Rico
Sugar cane production was a major industry in Puerto Rico for centuries. The production of rum is a by-product of the process of making sugar, so rum production naturally evolved from the presence of the sugar cane industry. Over time, sugar production largely ceased on the island, but the production of rum continued. The first continuous rum distilling operation was Juan Serralles in 1903.
Growth of an Industry
In the early 1900s, rum making grew into big business, due to advances in quality control and an increase in production. Juan Serralles, Bacardi, Don Q, and other rum makers began operations in the early part of the twentieth century. In the years after the Second World War and continuing through the 1950s, improvements in the distillation process and fermentation led to improved rum quality.
The Rum Making Process
There are five brands of rum produced in Puerto Rico, including high quality rums in light, gold, dark, and aged varieties. Rum is distilled from sugar cane, syrup, molasses, and juice. There are very strict quality control processes in place to ensure the consistent quality of Puerto Rican rum. The standards and processes have been researched and refined over the years to enhance the flavor and quality of the rum.
Tour a Factory
Bacardi factory tours are very popular among tourists. The factory tours provide the opportunity for visitors to learn about the history of rum making, the history of the Bacardi Company, the rum making process, and visitors can view advertisements from the past and memorabilia of the brand. At the end of the tour, guests are offered a taste of this renowned rum.