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Old 10-02-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default Bahamian rum

I realize many are of the opinion that Bahamian rum is less than stellar but why isn't Bahamian rum sold in the United States?

This is a question I am unable to find a definitive, authoritative answer.

[NOTE: My wife does like coconut rums from Ron Ricardo and Old Nassau. Thanks to being on a cruise {from hell} we had a few enjoyable hours in the Bahamas {Nassau and Port Lucaya}. While picking up some rum for friends, my wife got to sample some Ron Ricardo rum and liked it. Ended up getting two bottles of that and a bottle of Old Nassau coconut rum for her to try when we got home -- she liked it as well.]
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:07 PM   #3
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While It seems there are not many rums that came from the Bahamas there are a few that are sourced there from Bacardi mainly. The Facundo line was created with stocks there as well as the Bacardi 8 year. These were created from stocks that were distilled by the Bacardi distillery that was recently shuttered on the Island. The Bacardi distillery there was created to bypass the high taxation rate in certain countries on imports from Puerto Rico and the USA. Laws changed so the distillery equipment was moved elsewhere to become more profitable.

The only rum Distillery in operation in the Bahamas for long time was Bacardi's. There is a new promising distillery that opened after Bacardi shut down distilling operation on the Island. The new distiller is called John Watling's Distillery. It has some nice rums produced based on the reviews I have seen and hopefully they will be imported as they ramp up production.

Ron Ricardo is actually a blender of rums. They don't distill anything. John Watling's Distillery is the only rum distillery on the island in the sense that they actually distill rum instead of importing it and blending it.

Also, at the end of the day there are many flavored rums already available on the US market. I see Ron Ricardo as a Tourist attraction, while you may enjoy the flavor and blending of that rum the market for it is rather tight and would be hard to compete in given the subsidies given to other rum producers in the nearby islands.

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Old 11-08-2015, 10:28 PM   #4
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When you consider that molasses for a Bahamian distillery has to be imported, the equation becomes very lopsided for any but a small distillery to sell to the local tourist trade, which is in itself a very good (captive) market.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.
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