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Chairman's Reserve rum

Chairman's Reserve

Saint Lucia | Aged

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.

6.5/10 (134 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted over 2 years ago by Chris Edwards from United Kingdom with 20 ratings

Warm, but not overpowering. Lovely to sip in the evening. Caramel, zest and a mild spicy note make for a perfect rum to chill with.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Steve Gibbens from United Kingdom with 1 rating

Enjoyed this one great price and lovely smooth taste.

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Posted about 6 years ago by thefatrumpirate from United Kingdom with 122 ratings

Hard to find a better rum at this pricepoint. Smokey and fruity wonderful rum for long drinks

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Posted over 4 years ago by Brian from United States with 10 ratings

View: Pours golden brown.

Nose: A ton of honey on the nose with some char.

Initial Tasting: One of the smoothest rums I've tasted. No bite whatsoever. Raisin and spice.

Body: Drinks like a bourbon. Spice and oak.

Fade: Smoother than a baby's behind.

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Posted about 1 month ago by Loxias from Czech Republic with 156 ratings

first tasting was quite average but it grows with every following session.
tase is rounded by oak and vanilla tones. Aftertaste is sweet with vanilla and caramel.

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Posted about 2 months ago by Harrie from Netherlands with 49 ratings

Though my bottle has the new label ('original') I want to rate it in the 'real' thread as the rum hasn't changed. Saint Lucia has only one distillery and the rums are a bit Bajan-like but with a stronger pot still influence (Jamaican-funk-Saint-Lucia-style).

My first impression of the Chairman's Reserve (CR) was that it was a little unbalanced. On the nose there is a smokey oak, raisins and some pot still funk with napalm-orange. On the palate a lot of things seem to happen independant of each other; at first some dried fruits, vanilla and alcohol, then the pot still part with funky orange comes rushing in very sweet, followed by tobacco, chocolate and very dry and smokey oak. It ran in all directions and didn't seem to care what I thought of it.

Half a bottle later (in multiple sessions....) it became to make some sense and I understood that this is exactly how CR should be; rather complex, not easy and with a pleasant dissonant. This is not a rum you serve when you introduce your friends to fine rums, or after a nice dinner (except a smokey BBQ maybe) . This is the rum you want to drink when the rain hits your windows and you feel like playing a Tom Waits album.

I never want to be without anymore.

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Posted about 2 years ago by Les Fry from United Kingdom with 1 rating

Chairman's Reserve is a cracking rum, representing excellent value for money. A blend of pot and column still married together after around 5 years builds a well rounded and reasonably full Flavour, Stewed fruit and raisins on the nose and nice tingle of ethanol, the palate delivers a short hit of sweetness, banana and pear, and finishes with a lingering spicy warmth and a hint of chocolate and oak.

I love a Chairman's Reserve at the end of the night mixed with Ginger Beer, especially a fiery brand like Grace from Jamaica. it also mixes really well, the obvious choice as base for a Mai Tai and other Tiki style drinks.

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Posted about 1 year ago by Elburton from United Kingdom with 3 ratings

Smooth rum and can be drunk on its own or over ice. Also good with ginger ale.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Snookerman from United Kingdom with 121 ratings

This is very pleasant especially with an ice cube or two. It has an ethanol, molasses and caramel nose and taste with a slight touch of oak and spice. It is slightly sweet and has
only a moderate alcoholic kick and burn.
I would not describe it as overly complex, but having said that, the more I have drank it, the more I have liked it. It's grown on me and that is a good sign. There are a few different flavours in it, sitting together very smoothly and enjoyably. At a cost of £23 it's very good value and although it's not as different as the spiced version, it is easier to drink regularly, and I would go through this much quicker. Above all it has a really nice warming feeling and a slight brandy-like heat to it.

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Posted over 1 year ago by mrakoplas from Slovakia with 35 ratings

Vôňa spočiatku príliš po alkohole, korenie, v chuti alkohol, neskôr jemný. Dobrý rum, za dobrú cenu. Čí viac rumov som vypil, tým viac mi chutí.