Barbados is the home to the world’s oldest rum. The country’s rum history spans over 350 years. The history of rum and the country are intertwined. Rum was first made in Barbados from sugar cane that occupied the island, and became popular with English sailors very quickly. Barbados rum is one of the finest in the world. Dating back to 1703, Mount Gay Rum is the oldest rum brand in the world and helped Barbados establish itself as the birthplace of rum.