Rum is a significant element of Caribbean culture. To drink rum in the Caribbean means you are carrying on the traditions of slaves who made and devoured the drink as a means of enjoyment while living and working on a sun-filled island.

Each Caribbean island has its own rum, whether its a brand sold in stores or concoctions served in local roadside bars.

In fact, the making of rum in the Caribbean is an art form rarely mastered.

Authentic Caribbean Rum explains this drink as: “Rum is a liqueur with a minimum base alcohol volume about 35 percent and is made from cane sugar. There are three main varieties of rum: white, gold, and dark. The five main factors that affect a rum’s flavor and overall quality are the type of sugar used, the length of time it was allowed to ferment, the type of still used, the length of time it was allowed to age in the barrel, and the strength of the rum at the time it was bottled.”

Caribbean islands also have interesting and interactive rum experiences you can explore during your next island vacation.

Here are three new rum experiences worth adding to your travel wishlist:

The Rum Vault At Colony Club – Barbados

Barbados’s first Rum Vault was recently launched at the Colony Club as a part of its 70th-anniversary celebration. Visit or stay at the Colony Club for a history lesson of rum in Barbados as well as tastings.

This experience allows for private dinners and mixology classes featuring 150 varieties of rum.

According to the Colony Club, “tastings can be arranged on their own or paired with dinners on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays.”

Also, “if you are free on a Wednesday evening, you can match the rum with homemade chocolates prepared by pastry chef Smilie.”

T2 Cigar And Rum Lounge At Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt – Bahamas

Visit this lounge in the Bahamas for an experience like no other; pairing cigars with rum.

T2, pronounced as “T squared”, was founded by Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake and is located in the newest resort to hit the Bahamas: Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt.

T2 offers a wide array of premium Caribbean rums and an open-air terrace. The lounge is open daily from 4 pm to 2 am.

Chasing Food And Rum Package At Cap Maison – St. Lucia

This new package at Cap Maison allows visitors to experience rum through a distillery visit and cooking class with a local.

Ross Stevenson, the general manager at Cap Maison says, “St Lucia is home to producers of some of the world’s most popular, award-winning and best-tasting rums.”

He also goes on to say, “rum plays an integral role in the cultural identity of St Lucia and its people, and I think there is no better way to discover the island than by sampling its rum.”