24 years after his first visit in 1994, Prince Charles last week returned to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Queensland.
Prince Charles and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk were given a special private tour and a Blend Your Own Rum experience at the distillery last Friday.
“I'm thrilled that this distillery's proving to be the one that produces some of the most famous and special of all rums around the world," Prince Charles told attendees at the Big Bundy BBQ, a major community event held on the distillery grounds to coincide with the visit.
During a tasting in the Bundaberg Rum Barrel House Prince Charles also reportedly said that he could detect ‘fruit cake’ overtones.
Bundaberg Distilling chair Kylie McPherson said, “His Royal Highness Prince Charles was a charming and delightful guest and unsurprisingly given his passion for environmental protection and sustainability, he was particularly interested to hear of Bundaberg Rum’s green credentials,”.
“I shared with His Royal Highness details of our zero waste to landfill policy, our 100 per cent green steam usage and our reductions in water use and carbon emissions.”
Prince Charles is heading home to England with two bottles of a HRH special Bundaberg Rum blend as well as some molasses from the distillery, according to the company.
The Diageo-owned distiller was last month named as one of the world’s top distillery attractions at the 2018 Drinks International Distillery Challenge Awards in London.