His Royal Highness Prince Charles decided to pay the Bundaberg Rum Distillery a visit during his trip to Australia last week. The Prince of Wales was joined by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and hosted on a private tour and Blend Your Own Rum experience at the distillery.
During the special tasting inside the Bundaberg Rum Barrel House, Prince Charles said he could detect “fruit cake” overtones, according to sources present. Later, when he was shown how to blend his own Bundaberg Rum to take back to the UK, he expressed that it reminded him of “chemistry class.”
His Royal Highness also said: “I’m thrilled that this distillery’s proving to be one that produces some of the most famous and special of all rums around the world.”
It was Bundaberg Distilling Co.’s Chair Kylie McPherson and Distillery Visitor Experience Operations Manager Duncan Littler who were lucky enough to host Prince Charles during his visit.
McPherson said of her time with Prince Charles: “His Royal Highness Prince Charles was a charming and delightful guest… He was complimentary of our efforts to support the community following the devastating effects of natural disasters in the Bundaberg region in past years.
“Prince Charles was also impressed at our single estate distillery status that includes making the world’s best rum on-site.”
His Royal Highness ended his visit with a Dark and Stormy cocktail and gave an impromptu speech at community celebrations as part of the Big Bundy BBQ.
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