Prince Charles visits Bundaberg distillery during Oz tourBy Owen Bellwood
For the first time in 24 years last week as part of an official trip to Australia, Prince Charles made a return visit to the Bunderberg Rum Distillery.
Prince Charles visited the Diageo-owned rum distillery with Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, where the pair were hosted by Bundaberg Distilling chair Kylie McPherson and the distillery’s visitor experience operations manager, Duncan Littler.
McPherson and Littler guided prince Charles through a tasting in the Bundaberg Rum barrel house, before offering the prince the chance to blend his own Bundaberg Rum, which he said reminded him of chemistry class. He also delivered a speech at the distillery.
While visiting the site, prince Charles also learned about the distillery’s green credentials, with McPherson sharing details of the brand’s zero waste to landfill policy, its 100% green steam usage and its reductions in water use and carbon emissions.
McPherson said: “He was complimentary of our efforts to support the community following the devastating effects of natural disasters in the Bundaberg region.
“Prince Charles was also impressed at our single-estate distillery status that includes making the world’s best rum on site.”
At the end of his distillery tour, prince Charles was treated to a cocktail made form Bundaberg Rum and has reportedly left the distillery with two bottles of the HRH special Bundaberg Rum blend, as well as some molasses from the distillery destined for the royal larder.