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Chairman's Reserve rum is produced in St Lucia using continuous and pot stills. The rum from these stills are aged for 3-4 years separetly, then combined and aged for 6 more months to marry the flavors.
The first blend of Chairman’s Reserve was produced in 1999 by St. Lucia Distillers, which was founded in 1932, and overseen by the company's Chairman Laurie Barnard.
Tasty, but not quite great
I love this rum and my first bottle is almost gone. It's not a spiced rum but has tons of flavor and a spicy finish. Overall, it's a very smooth experience with lots of aroma and action on the palate. This one does not have a fancy label so it doesn't stand out on the shelf but it tastes better than most other gold/dark rums in that price range.
Last year a good friend who is also a lover of rum, recommended I try Chairman’s Reserve spiced rum. This quickly became one of my favourite rums, I then began a quest to sample all the rum Chairman’s Reserve had to offer, beginning with original.
Chairman’s Reserve hails from the island of Saint Lucia. The original was first blended in 1999 as a special project to create a fine rum to represent the island of Saint Lucia. It is a combination of selected aged rums of Coffey pots stills and copper pot stills and finished in oak for blending.
For this tasting I exchanged the ginger ale for a Kombucha ginger and lemon, for a healthier option. As per usual I began with it neat with ice and rums favourite friend lime. The quality of this rum really shines though with its smoothness, although being a lover of rums I rarely find one that I can drink neat and this falls into this unlikely category. It has a smoky-oaky aroma and on the palate has tastes of chocolate, tobacco and cloves.
The closest worthy accompaniment to this rum was the tonic water, it did help bring out some of the flavours but felt as though the tonic drowned out the rum. As far as the ginger and lemon Kombucha, this felt like the natural lime and the lemon flavouring, coupled with the other flavours just battled with each other to which there was no winner. With such a great rum, combining it with coke (especially a generic brand) feels wrong, and this did nothing to enhance or complement the flavours of the rum.
Another stunning rum from this great St Lucia distillery. Great sipper. Not as much depth as the 1931 but very smooth. Great character. Not sweet. Bite with balance. Great price for a rum of this quality and distinctive flavor. Beautiful long slow finish. MORE PLEASE!
Better than expected. Subtle with a pleasantly surprising and lingering finish. Caramel, banana, lasting warmth...not hot. Easy drinking. Not big but flavorful. Good sipper. Like it a lot.
$42CAD Smells sweet which is deceiving. Strong bourbon-ish oak flavours. The finish goes on and on with lots of light notes coming out- orange maybe? Alcohol burn is minimal which, at this price point, is a bonus. Not sweet, but tasty enough to enjoy as a sipper. The more I sip it, the more I like it, but still, I prefer a more exciting rum. I would compare to a Flor de Cana 12, albeit more interesting.
For the price you will be hard pushed to find a better honest unadulterated Rum. An absolute joy to sip neat, no harsh alcohol taste, very, very smooth but with enough heat to keep it interesting, and plenty of wonderful flavours to excite the palate. Not sweet or fruity, more leather, tobacco and wood flavours.
"Chairman's Reserve rum review by The Fat Rum Pirate"
"It can be sipped and it isn’t rough or harsh. There is a bit of an alcohol burn but even that is quite smoky and pleasant."
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