Chairman's White Rum, St. Lucia Distillers
Sugarcane arrived in St Lucia in the 18th Century, and its molasses byproduct continued the growth of the Caribbean’s thriving rum trade. By the 1950s, however, most Caribbean rum producing islands had slowed their pace, and St Lucia was no exception – only two producers remained, in Dennery & Roseau, and soon the two joined forces under the Barnard family banner of the St Lucia Distillers Group. The operating distillery now remains in Roseau; featuring extensive environmental initiatives, Chairman’s Reserve distills outstanding rums in a St Lucia style using molasses sourced primarily from Guyana, after a 24-30 hour closed fermentation period.
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This 100% molasses distillate is a blend of 2 to 3-year-old rums distilled in a combination of Coffey and copper pot stills. Aging is done separately by batch and still type in ex-bourbon barrels, then the rum is blended and rested in oak vats for an additional 6 months before filtering is done to remove color. Brown sugar, banana, and hints of umami on the nose are followed by wet slate and pink peppercorn on the palate with a sweetness that dries on the finish with lingering tannin. 43% ABV