Chairman's Reserve 'Legacy' Rum, St. Lucia Distillers
Sugarcane first arrived in St Lucia in the 1700s, with the thriving rum trade close on its heels. By the 1950s, however, most Caribbean rum producing islands had slowed their pace, and St Lucia was no exception. The last operating distillery now remains in Roseau, uniting the island’s rums under one banner: St Lucia Distillers Group.
Chairman’s Reserve was first blended in 1999, overseen by then-Chairman Laurie Barnard. A blend of column and pot distilled rums, the line features some of St Lucia’s most beloved spirits.
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This commemorative edition of Chairman’s Reserve was created in tribute to Laurie Barnard, the “Chairman” himself, who inspired the brand. While other distilleries were purchasing column stills to increase production, Barnard invested in eclectic barrel types, small pot stills, a proprietary yeast strain, and sugarcane. He believed that the best rum was not achieved from one barrel, but by blending different components together of varying ages, finishes, styles, and base materials.
Chairman’s Legacy is a blend of pot and column-distilled rum made with both molasses and sugarcane distillate. These rums are aged separately for 5–8 years in ex-bourbon barrels before blending. Fresh pineapple, banana, and vanilla on the nose transition to intense grilled fruit and spice on the palate with a long finish. 43% ABV