John Watling’s Distillery, a Bahamian company, located at the 1789 Buena Vista Estate in Historic Downtown Nassau and named for a 17th Century buccaneer, announced today that on the 2
John Watling’s rums are crafted from two distillates made from hand-cut sugarcane molasses that are aged in The Bahamas for 1 to 7 years in order to produce the Company’s namesake John Watling’s Pale, Amber, Single Barrel and Buena Vista rum brands. The pot stilled distillate delivers the rich and robust essence of JOHN WATLING’S rums and a continuous stilled distillate, distilled up to five times, delivers the lightness, softness, and smoothness. At John Watling’s Distillery, a group of dedicated Bahamians workers passes the light distillate through a filter containing charred coconut husks. This charcoal removes unwanted congeners or flavor components that are not desired in the final product. Meanwhile, the barrels selected for ageing are medium toasted, made from American white oak and previously used to make Bourbon. Close to 5% of the distillate being aged is lost annually due to evaporation and is known as the Angel’s Share. Once the distillate has been aged for 2 to 7 years, our Master Blender employs close to 175 years of Spanish, French and English know-how to craft each JOHN WATLING’S rum. His secret blending techniques
include blending the rums after ageing, during the ageing process, marrying, double barreling and in some instances not blending at all. These different techniques allow the Master Blender the different
distillates he needs to craft his art.
After blending the rums they are left to rest for 24 hours. During the filling process, no pumps are used in order not to bruise the rum. The Company employs over 20 Bahamians instead of machines . to fill, cork and hand label each and every bottle. It is our commitment to the environment to use the least amount of mechanization possible. This is the reason why each bottle is hand-numbered and a sisal plait, hand‐woven by a female cooperative in Cat Island and South Andros, is carefully affixed to the neck of each bottle. At John Watling’s
John Watling’s rums are the only Bahamian spirits listed as RECOMMENDED by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, Illinois. They have been recognized and awarded by “The Fifty Best” in New
York City, New York; BarLife Magazine from the Czech Republic; Rum Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas; Taste of the Caribbean Competition in Miami, Florida, Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, Illinois; and the
Concurso de Ron in Madrid, Spain. John Watling’s rums will be distributed in the United States by Park Street Imports, a technologically-driven provider of alcoholic beverage importing and by Passion Spirits who will make the product available for online sales.