Hacienda Santa Ana

Hacienda Santa Ana, Bayamon: Address, Hacienda Santa Ana Reviews: 5/5

Hacienda Santa Ana
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Very good

San Juan, Puerto Rico15 contributions
Dec 2019
Thrilled to find Ron del Barrilito had opened a tour facility in 2019. Enjoyed informational tour of facility, barrel room and visitor center, and ended with delicious craft cocktails.
Written 6 January 2020
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SJU13 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Very personal visit (tour) of this distillery. The staff is so proud and knowlegeable of this place and it's products. You feel the place is more artisanal than commercial as soon as you walk past the red brick windmill (1837) and into the storage area. You actually witness the production area: The maturation area, the aging area and the storage area. You see them inspecting and repairing the aged hard wood barrels. The aromas are quite pleasant and the workers very proud. This place is for real. Nothing is staged. You see what people are doing at the moment. There is no pretense.

The painstaking hand application of labels, the use of manual pulleys to hoist the barrels onto storage shelves and then filling them is very impressive, as is the quality control (tasting.)

Seeing how the barrels are labeled and stored shows you just why their final products (2, 3, 4 and 5 star rums) are so respected and consistent. I forgot to mention their new rum, "Santa Ana." Its named after a non-alcoholic tonic they manufactured during and after " prohibition." After seeing how the rums are aged and stored, you 'll understand how fair the pricing system is. Prohibition disrupted their aging process for many years, by the way. Oh..the oldest barrel in storage now is from 1952, and is on reserve for a special purpose.

After leaving the warehouse, you can go back to the visitor center . It was rebuilt after Maria and is stylishly simple. There you can have a delicious rum cocktail put together by a skilled mixoligist using flambèd cinnamon and it's smoke to craft an "old fashioned" for you. There are two equally artisanal cocktails also available. The three are complimentary as part of your tour. You can also sample the 4 or 5 star rum for an extra charge. Upon completion of the tour, you 'll understand the pricing!
Three tours are available, with the cheapest being 25$, which includes a cocktail. The other two tours are more costly, and include tastings and mixology lessons. (It s not just "shake, shake , shake!)
The gift shop offers five different rums, along wirh tee shirts (high quality soft cotton), flasks, glassware, caps and other items. The four star rum just recently was introduced for sale.
In the many times I 've been in Puerto Rico, I had never come here until this time when a friend of mine surprised me.
I loved it, and will return.
When you sip your cocktail, or rum, consider sitting in the outdoor patio where you 'll be facing a lush green area which served as the sugar cane plantation since the first half of the nineteenth century. You won t even sense you're surrounded by contemporary Bayamon.
You 'll face a lush green field. You might get to sit in a locally crafted hard wood & cane rocker.
On the property is the former mansion which isn't open to the public. On the side of it is the visitor parking lot. You 'll be happy to see a few autos from the fifties (circa) that reinforce how proud these people are of their past, and how they respect it.
We drove here ..to Bayamon..and GPS led us well. One thing you might consider is taking the "tren urbano" from San Juan to the "Bayamon" station and then taking an uber. The train is clean, safe and modern. Also cheap. Then you can safely have a couple of delicious cocktails during your tour. It also gives you the chance to visit the Barbosa historic home in Bayamon, the Oller museum or the new Bayamon Art Museum. The train is above ground (except for the University/Rio Piedras stations) and gives you a great perspective on this tropical city. It s air conditioned and is a bonus on a rainy day. Few tourists know or use the train since it doesn't go to the beaches or old city.
During the tour you 'll learn of the family and the founder who was sort of a pirate agent/fixer.
Nothing tacky, commercial or hyped during the tour. The tour guides are truly bilingual, and are attentive and nothing is rushed. They talk with you, not at you. Lovely. April 2019
Written 5 April 2019
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Puerto Rico3,621 contributions
Bayamon beauty at its best
Aug 2017 • Friends
Its a great place to visit in Bayamon next to Goya Ave Central Juanita under the Bridge Express Rio Hondo its a great place an excellency of History of Bayamon don't know how it is now but hope it gets up soon great brewery recommend this history place of Bayamon
Written 5 October 2017
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Wally M
Central Florida, FL18 contributions
Ron Barrilito Distillery
May 2016 • Couples
For many years I wanted to come back and visit this Distillery. When I used to live in Puerto Rico,I visited this place and purchased their rum. Just felt very nostalgic on my recent visit and made it a point to find this place. I knew it was very close to the neighborhood I grew up. Finally after researching the place found the review of another person and followed their directions of how to find the place.
After arriving at the Hacienda and after looking for a while, I saw this older gentleman walking from the Estate which apparently was the main house way back then. After introducing myself to the gentleman, I asked him if was ok to look around. After that he started to tell me the history of the Hacienda.
Just so happens that he is one of the owners today. He is a descendant of the original family that several centuries ago started the rum distillery and the aromatic alcohol my mother used to use on my when I was sick and not feeling well (alcolado).
He showed me and my wife the hundreds of rum barrels and the whole process. The workers were bottling their excellent 3 stars rum. It was a sight to remember.
If you want to see how a rum is bottled from beginning to end, you might want to visit this place. I have visited the Bacardi plant several years and they do not offer any more a real "tour" of their plant.
This is a very smooth rum. I know that there are many other rums in the world and we know of them because of the many monies invested in advertising, but you have to make it a point to learn about this Rum. It used to be sold in small 1 gallon wooden barrels, which used to be a novelty. But was told by this person from the Hacienda that when the government changed the bottling standards and the "gallon" was changed to 1.75 litters bottles, it made the barrel a thing of the past.
You might still find these barrels in some sort of antique store but very hard to find.
You need to make it a point learn and taste this rum and you will not be disappointed.
Lots of history in this Hacienda and the adjoining property. By the way buy the rum at this Hacienda. It will be Very inexpensive compare to ANY other place you find the rum in the island.
Written 28 May 2016
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