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75 Years of

Perkins & Sons


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About Perkins & Sons 

The first distillation of Caribbean Rum took place on the sugarcane plantations of Barbados in the early 17th Century. 

This early rum trade was controlled by the merchants of Barbados' capital Bridgetown and, more specifically, those ageing, blending and bottling rum on Roebuck Street, using distilled spirits from scores of sugar plantation stills.


Into this centuries-old Barbados tradition of rum-making, Ivan Oliver Cyril Perkins was born on February 10th, 1913 to Mount Gay, St. Lucy rum distiller and sugar planter John Edward Perkins and his wife Helena.


At the age of fourteen, Ivan made the trek south from rural Barbados to the world of Bridgetown merchants and the heart of Barbados rum trade. In 1944, Ivan started his new rum business with his sons Cyril and Edward as well as his daughter Jean; our Perkins & Sons family business was born.


Over the past eight decades Perkins & Sons has developed many blends to suit varied tastes, while faithfully maintaining the secrets and art of the Barbados Rum-blending craft.

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