Saint Lucia - LET HER INSPIRE YOU…
The Barnard family first settled in St. Lucia in the 1930’s and established their distillery by making rum from the molasses produced by the island’s massive sugar plantations. Due to the rise of the European sugar beet, the local sugar industry was forced into extinction. This lead to negative effects on the island’s growing rum trade. With few choices remaining, the last two distilleries formed a joint venture and consolidated their operations to the picturesque Roseau Valley, creating what is known today as St. Lucia Distillers. With this history behind him, Laurie Barnard took it upon himself to restore St. Lucia’s rum providence and created Chairman’s Reserve, which has re-established the prestige of St. Lucia’s rum culture.
Chairman’s Reserve 1931 is a tribute to the rum philosophy and craft established by Denis Barnard, when he opened the Dennery distillery in 1931. His distillery continued to produce rum until 1972 when the last two functional distilleries on the island, the Dennery distillery and Roseau Distillery, merged to form St.Lucia distillers. Chairman’s Reserve 1931 rum is a blend of distillates from a Coffey still and three copper pot stills ranging from seven to twelve years, aged in Bourbon and Port casks. 90% of the blend is traditional molasses rum, while 10% is agricultural rum pot distilled from sugarcane growing around their distillery.
Vibrant, medium gold core with bronze rim. Sweet raisins with definite toasty oak notes, leather, spice and tobacco on the nose. Rich sultana fruit with hints of crème caramel and buttery oak on the palate. A long complex finish - at first sweet raisin fruit then dry and tannic from the oak. A hint of grassy aromatic sweetness from the sugar cane distillate giving a unique, hedonistic but balanced element to the rum.