Continued from part 3
Our next port call was Grand Cayman Island. We have been there several times before, and a full article on Grand Cayman is here. In looking for something different to do, we came across a tour called “A Taste of Cayman” that visited the island’s only brewery, the only distillery, and the Tortuga Rum Cake factory. Sounds like a good tour to start at 8AM, doesn’t it? Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere as they say.
Our first stop was the Cayman Islands Brewery. I assumed that we would do a tour of the brewery, followed by samples, but they chose to do things in the reverse order. We started with samples. The regular CIB beer, Caybrew, is awful. It is similar to a bad batch of Schlitz. There is no way I would ever try that again. However, their Ironshore Bock (a dark beer) was quite good. Their White Tip Lager was also fairly good, though I prefer the Bock beer (I tend to like dark beers better anyway). I did not try the CayLight.
Following the sampling time, we did tour the brewery. Compared to the major breweries I have toured in the United States, this would be considered a micro-brewery here. Pictures of the brewery tour and the other stops on the Taste of Caymen tour are found here.
The second stop of the tour was the Tortuga Rum Cake factory store. While there is a small bakery at this facility, it is not their main production bakery. In addition to samples of their great rumcakes, they had samples of various flavored rums. The pineapple rum was so good we had to bring a bottle back home with us. The vanilla rum was also very good. Outside the store there is a mini-zoo containing some of the wildlife than can be found in the Cayman islands. Pictures of the store and the mini-zoo are included along with those from the brewery.
The third stop was the Seven Fathoms Rum distillery. This is the first and only distillery in the Cayman Islands. What makes their rum unique and where the name comes from is the way it is aged. The sealed casks are put on the bottom of the ocean to allow them to roll around with the currents. This constant movement mixes the rum so that more of it comes into contact with the wood in the barrel, which gives the rum its flavor. It so happens that the depth of the ocean where the first casks were placed was about 42 feet. There are 6 feet to the fathom, hence the Seven Fathoms name. We were allowed to sample their regular rum as well as their recently released Governor’s Reserve. While I admit to not being a rum specialist, I preferred the regular rum to the more expensive Reserve.
Following the tour, we did a little shopping in the downtown area right near the tender dock. The previous day in Ocho Rios, we got a coupon from Margaritaville that was good for a free margarita at any other Caribbean location. So we stopped there for our free drink and met up with all the Harley riders yet again. After all that drinking, it was back to the ship for something to eat and a nap.
Continued in part 5
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