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 was first blended in 1999, overseen by then Chairman, Laurie Barnard, as a special project to create a fine quality rum that can represent the iconic style of St. Lucian rum. As a simple line of distinction, Chairman’s Reserve starts with selected aged rums of both Coffey column stills and copper pot stills, married together after maturation, and then re-entered into oak for blending and final finishing. The end result has become the flagship St. Lucian rum known for its harmonious well-rounded finesse and style with tremendous character for cocktails and sipping experiences.
Rich dark amber in colour, typical pot still richness comes through the aromas carried by whiffs of cooked banana, caramelised fruits and spicy oak derived vanilla. A well-balanced mid-palate provides structure around flavours of chocolate, golden raisin, tobacco and clove, which dissipates over a long creamy finish.