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Pirate

Posted 12 Feb '21 from Greece with 30 ratings

Finally! I feel completed, at long last. This be my top shelf ace, my all-time favorite champion. That is how a dream come true feels like... Will open soon, just in time for Valentine's. Yo ho ho and a bottle of RUM, yarr!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a3BgNNBrYk&list=RD_a3BgNNBrYk&start_radio=1

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vomi1011

From Germany with 293 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Congratulations. Do you have a full set now?
Would you provide a picture of your collection?

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Ah no, i have only the No81 (2012 release, i restocked recently and am going to keep it closed forever) and this one, the modern standardized iteration of it. I found the other versions but actually avoided them, since the reviews and rating here, as well as the ones at Fatrumpirate's, didn't favor them much... But this is my best bottle! Can't wait to taste it! The 81 is up to now, my most favorite piece ever! It matched my tastes and style, perfectly! And it is really unique (molasses+agricole, edible solids at the bottle's bottom, mindblowing last serving that causes awesome dizziness).

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Mr. Rumantic

From Germany with 83 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Hey.. nice one. my 1931 is still closed too. Just to many open bottles at the Moment... 😅

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Wonderful! Indeed, St. Lucia's FINEST! And unlike previous versions, this one is at a 46%. What a nice treat, it is going to be so special!

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vomi1011

From Germany with 293 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

I like these two, they are not the best St. Lucias but they are very affordable.

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

St. Lucian Rum is very special, for a reason. I myself fell in love before with their spiced, too. I always liked spiced rum and i immediately recognized theirs, as my most beloved one in that category! Sipping it neat was extremely pleasing, as well. I would love to try their Forgotten Casks and their new Legacy (legacy contains some agricole and has no additives whatsoever!).

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vomi1011

From Germany with 293 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

I like the dirty notes in their cask strength rum. This is the best stuff after Caroni in terms of heavy aromas, because it's not that easy to get a good TDL.
They have also good pot stills (Vendome and John Dore) that can produce these complex rums.

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Mr. Rumantic

From Germany with 83 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Also got a bottle of Chairmans Reserve Masters Selection by Evanius Harris in Cask Strength... Sounds fun... haven't tried it yet 😅🤦‍♂️ someone tried it!?

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vomi1011

From Germany with 293 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Sure:
https://rumratings.com/brands/12103-chairman-s-2011-reserve-master-s-selection-evanius-harris-9-year
Very good one, there are some better of course, but for it's price it was very good.
I bought three 😌

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Mr. Rumantic

From Germany with 83 ratings Replied 12 Feb '21

Ah... i see... u posted it already 🙈 i am to deep in the rum drinking Business tonight. Having fun with the Angostura 1787 😆🥃. Good to know that it is good. Thx. Looking forward trying one of the Chairmans. ✌

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 13 Feb '21

No: 001879 Bottled: 2017 Is my precious. This is it. I am seriously considering to drop everything else altogether and from now on, buy only this and nothing else. This is absolute taste perfection (and smell and feel overall), to me. I liked Doorly's 14 a great deal also. And Appleton 21, but not so much as the aforementioned 2. But nothing compares with this fabulous beauty, this smexy blend; i can even feel the agricole and its hidden spunk! I cannot picture myself drinking anything else, henceforth. Forget the travel, i just reached my destination!

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Rene Rum

From Switzerland with 390 ratings Replied 14 Feb '21

@Pirate

No, no, no, keep on traveling! You never know what's behind the next hill.

@All

Btw, how many different Chairmans Reserve Masters Selection are on the market? It seems there are quite a lot of different versions. I own the Chairman's 2006 Master's Selection: 30th Anniversary Charles Hofer 13-Year (Swiss edition)

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 14 Feb '21

@Rene Rum

I think i will be forced to follow your advice. From what i've been reading, Evanius Harris no longer works for St. Lucia Distillers. Somehow, me thinks the newest version is also going to become extinct, exactly as all the previous, numbered ones in the series... I feel really sad. Just in case, i will try to immediately locate more bottles of it. As for the master's selections, none are available in my locale and neither is Legacy (which is said to be like a "poor man's 1931").

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Harrie

From Netherlands with 68 ratings Replied 21 Feb '21

Some more praise for the Chairman's 1931; no other distiller hits the mark for me like SLD. The 1931 is a steal in a way despite its pricetag and after tasting 6 St. Lucia rums this must really be the jewel in the crown.

Anybody tried their new version (Legacy) as well? It fills the gap between the original and the 1931 perfectly, both in taste and price. A must try!

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 21 Feb '21

@Harrie

Indeed! 1931 is not only their "flagship" ("best" and/or "most expensive" in their line of products), but very affordable at the same time, as well! I think it belongs in a category called: "Budget Luxury". Few high end/endgame rums are such a "steal" as this one, really... I seriously hope Evanius Harris left the recipe behind, for his successor; it is a very complex blend and from differently aged, plus distilled, rums. I contacted St. Lucia Distillers through mail, to request info about future production&distribution of 1931 and am eagerly anticipating the official reply! This is a unique, magnificent and outstanding product, that i simply can never afford to run out of, no matter the circumstances.

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Harrie

From Netherlands with 68 ratings Replied 21 Feb '21

@ Pirate

"This is a unique, magnificent and outstanding product, that i simply can never afford to run out of, no matter the circumstances."

I am up there with you; after tasting my first glass of '1931' the first thing I did was ordering the next bottle!

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 21 Feb '21

@Harrie

Which ones have you tried/bought? I went straight for No81 the 2012 release some time ago and Chairman's Reserve (no numbers) 2017 release right now, the modern/latest!

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Harrie

From Netherlands with 68 ratings Replied 21 Feb '21

The Chairman's (2017) 1931 is the only 1931 I have been able to lay my hands on. It should be not a SE like the other '1931' releases but a continuous product (according to thefatrumpirate; https://thefatrumpirate.com/1931-st-lucia-distillers-chairmans-reserve). The only SE from SLD I could find was the 2019-release of Cyril Mangal's Master's Selection from 2011.

My other Chairman's Reserve rums that I tried were the 'Original' , the 'Forgotten Casks' and the 'Legacy'. And then there is also the 100% St. Lucia rum by Elements 8; the 'Vendôme'.

Of all of these expressions I keep at least one unopened bottle in stock but since both the 'Original' and the 'Vendôme' are considered as 'daily' sippers over here I have a few bottles more.

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Immiketoo (PREMIUM)

From Greece with 48 ratings Replied 3 Mar '21

I just had my first glass of this (bought because of this thread) and I agree. It’s an amazing rum. I finished my drink at least 15 minutes ago and I still taste honey and grass!

A great recommendation!

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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 3 Mar '21

@Immiketoo

Glad to hear you liked it, too! I got mine from Vintage cava in Rodos island, which i found from Skroutz. Theodoridis also used to have it, but run out of and now sells older version, from numbered series. Only one place still offers available stock for order, wine-outlet, shown also at Skroutz. Am gathering money to buy more bottles of this wondrous elixir! Cheers!!!

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