Established in Santiago de Cuba in 1862, BACARDÍ rum is the world’s favorite and most awarded rum.
The strong product portfolio includes BACARDÍ Superior, recognized the world over as the premium rum that inspired the cocktails that we know and love today.
Its light taste and unique balance meant that it could be mixed with light flavours such as mint and lime without dominating nor disappearing in them. The result was a new style of light, clean, crisp and refreshing cocktails such as the Original Mojito and Daiquirí.
On February 4, 1862, Don Facundo Bacardi Massó purchased the first BACARDÍ rum distillery on El Matadero Street, in the town of Santiago de Cuba, for 3.500 pesos. Here, he pioneered a new way of making rum that would set the standards for future rum production.
The result was a new style of light, clean, crisp and refreshing cocktails such as the Authentic BACARDÍ Mojito, Original BACARDÍ Daiquirí, and the Original BACARDÍ Cuba Libre.
Don Facundo realised that early rums were crude and harsh and not fit for the cultivated palettes of Cuba’s emerging middle classes. He set out to create a locally produced spirit that was as sophisticated as the finest Cognacs. To do this he worked hard to control every step of the rum making process and introduced techniques which he observed in the production of European spirits as well as creating a couple of his own.
He began with the highest quality ingredients including a unique strain of yeast which he found growing in the sugarcane fields outside Santiago de Cuba. This proprietary strain of yeast became known as 'La Levadura BACARDI' and continues to be used exclusively to provide BACARDÍ Rum with its unique flavour profile.
In order to create a light and well balanced rum, Don Facundo distilled two separate spirits. The first was known as 'aguardiente', a characterful rum with a distinct flavour and aroma that provides the backbone for BACARDÍ; the second he distilled several times to produce a lighter and more delicate spirit called 'redestilado'.
He began with the highest quality ingredients including a unique strain of yeast which he found growing in the sugarcane fields outside Santiago de Cuba.
By pioneering charcoal filtration and purposeful ageing in rum, he created tools that our Maestros de Ron BACARDÍ (Master Blenders) continue to use today to create a range of perfectly balanced rums; each with its own interpretation of the BACARDÍ flavour profile. These include BACARDÍ Superior, a light, floral and fruity white rum ideal for mixing; BACARDÍ Gold, a rich golden rum with soft vanilla, spice and oak notes, and BACARDÍ 8 Años, a deep and mellow rum aged for a minimum of eight years, which remained the sole preserve of the BacardÍ family for seven generations.
Eight generations of Don Facundo’s family have sustained his innovative spirit to produce BACARDÍ, the most awarded rum in the world.
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Casa BACARDÍ Visitor Center
Cataño, Puerto Rico
The Casa BACARDÍ Visitor Center seamlessly blends contemporary architecture and modern technology with a heritage and tradition that dates back to 1862, when Don Facundo Bacardí Massó revolutionized the rum making process.
At Casa BACARDÍ, visitors are invited to participate in an interactive tour through history, observe the rum making process and experience the spirit for life of BACARDÍ.
From San Juan take Highway 22 west to the Cantaño exit, Road 165. The plant is visible on the right about a mile from the exit on Road 165, Km 2.6, Int. 888, at the Bay View Industrial Park in Cantaño.
The general admission fee is US$12.00 and includes a welcome drink, a 12oz commemorative BACARDÍ acrylic cup, one pass to the Bacardi Visitor Center Tour.
Additional tours are available for purchase including access the distillery, a tasting of four premium BACARDÍ rums or attending a mixology class to learn how to make BACARDÍ classic cocktails. Guests will be charged an additional fee of US$23.00.
All visitors to Casa BACARDÍ in Puerto Rico must be over 18 years of age and must show proof of age when buying tickets.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm (Last tour at 3:30pm)
Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
(Last tour at 3:30 PM)
Casa BACARDÍ Sitges Visitor Center
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
Casa Bacardi is a permanent visitor center located in Sitges, the birthplace of
D. Facundo Bacardi Massó.
The visitor Center is in the historic Mercat Vell (old market) a modernist building constructed in 1890 by the architect Gaieta Buigas, in the old city center of Sitges next to the City Council Building.
Casa Bacardi offers the visitors the experience of delving inside the history of Sitges and its relationship with the Bacardi Family, as well as learning about the rum making process, at the end of the tour, visitors will have the chance to learn how to make their own Original Bacardi Cocktail, with a professional Barmen.
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The village of Sitges is located 35km. south of Barcelona, around 45 minutes by car.
Trains will arrive directly from Barcelona to Sitges.
Friday to Saturday from 12am to 8pm.
(last tour at 7:45pm)
Monday to Thursday under request.
Tours are only for 30 people max.
English tours Saturday and Sunday at 5:15 pm or under request.
Bacardi employees free entrance, price per person 8€
Please see the web for more information regarding timetable tours.