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John Watling's Distillery home to JOHN WATLING'S rum and RED TURTLE vodka, the "Spirit of The Bahamas" offers complimentary tours at its home, the Buena Vista Estate, in Downtown Nassau. The historic Estate, founded in 1789 and overlooking the...more
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Buena Vista Estate | 17 Delancy Street, Nassau 00000, New Providence Island
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Reviewed yesterday

We saved this stop till the end of our walking tour and we are glad we did. We sampled four of their rums (two people can easily share the tasting) and got two more of their drinks. We had plenty of time to relax on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chicksinger
Reviewed 3 days ago

I enjoyed learning about how rum is made but found the setting more interesting. The building used to be an old hotel and the grounds are lovely. They have a tasting room with the best pina colada I have ever tasted.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cathrine S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited as a part of the tour. First you can shot of Pina Colada and then probably 10 minutes tour around the distillery - after that you can visit their shop and bar for purchases. If you are used to distillery visits in Europe this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PetriKoo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice visit, within walking distance of the port. The guide didn't seem to know as much information as was provided on the website, which I looked up after coming home. He didn't seem to be able to impart the critical information related to the rum...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank enoeno
Reviewed 1 week ago

The distillery sits on the site of a former plantation. The grounds and building are beautiful, and a throw back to the past. The "tour" is quite short, but there are sample drinks waiting at the end of the presentation. You can also purchase some...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cruiseman21
johnwatlings, Manager at John Watling's Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your awesome review, we're glad you enjoyed your tour with us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pretty cool. Once you get there you're greeted and offered a small, free sample of a drink. The tour itself was free, and they offer you to do it alone or staff can walk you through it. We opted for the guided...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 44nikkia
johnwatlings, Manager at John Watling's Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review, glad you enjoyed our mixed drinks!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was so fun, the tour was only ten minutes long, which was the perfect amount of time to finish our first drink, then we had another and tried the flight of four rums. They were all delicious! Cute chickens hanging around too!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank L55386
johnwatlings, Manager at John Watling's Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review, so happy you enjoyed our flights!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here twice and both times were enjoyable. This time I did the rum tasting which was a highlight of the visit. The free guided tour portion was brief compared to the tour I had on my first visit about 3 years ago. For...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank David H
johnwatlings, Manager at John Watling's Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the great review! We apologize for the tour not being as comprehensive and will do our best to ensure that all of our staff is giving the same great tour to everyone, in the future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to tour, do it on your own though to read the signs rather than someone take you around. You really go just to have a cocktail. We were there for about 20 minutes.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank megansZ2309GE
johnwatlings, Manager at John Watling's Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review, glad you enjoyed our cocktails.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our day visit to Nassau we decided to explore on our own and John Watling's was one of the places we wanted to visit. When you're walking around Nassau, you see the beautiful colorful buildings... When you turn down the street to John Watling's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank NCMom1977
johnwatlings, Manager at John Watling's Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review, glad you enjoyed our Piña Coladas as much as we do!

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LangleyGary
1 September 2018|
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Response from helenlf2017 | Reviewed this property |
We only saw rum - they have different agings - pale, amber and dark. And a vodka. Didn’t see a rum cream.
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WYOFinngirl
4 April 2017|
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Response from Linda L | Reviewed this property |
Kids would be ok but they can't sample anything ;) Yes it is withing walking distance from the port.
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5ruffz
11 February 2017|
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Response from Magik01301 | Reviewed this property |
The rum is the cheapest at the distillery. everywhere else on the island has jacked up the price to make money. they wrap it really well and it's in thicker glass so u will have no problems with transporting it. we took it... More
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