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