The Barnard family first settle 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 European sugar beet, the local sugar industry was forced inot extintion. This lead to negative effect on the island's growing rum trade. With few choice's remaining, the last two distillers formed a joint ventureand consolidated their operations to the picturesque Roseau Valley, creating what is know today as St. Lucia Distillers.
With this history behing 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.
Since the last sugar plant5ation in St. Lucia closed in the 1960's, extinguishing the previous source of molasses, St. Lucia Distillers has sourced rich molasses from British Guyana. With long-standing commitment to use only Guyanese molasses and the small capacity of the distillery; Chairman's Reserve is predicated on top quality and distinction. Having multiple vats of molasses with various yeast strains, and the diversity of a two column still and a variety of pot stills, the distiller and master blender have superb opportunities to craft a wide spectrum of enchanting flavours. this has made chairman's Reserve an absolute 'must-have' rum.
The Forgotten Casks of Chairman"„¢s Reserve is an extra aged sipping rum crafted to mimic rum found in the original forgotten casks of Chairman"„¢s Reserve, which were preserved from St. Lucia Distillers horrific fire on May 2, 2007. The cellar master was forced to find appropriate however unusual storage space for his rum barrels during the rehabilitation of the distillery, and these casks were barrels misplaced during this time of confusion. These forgotten casks gave him rum too old for the original Chairman"„¢s Reserve blend, so it was decided this rum would be released on its own, as an extra aged Chairman"„¢s Reserve to worldwide acclaim. St. Lucia Distillers continues to hold back select Chairman"„¢s Reserve for extra aging to offer a limited release of the Chairman"„¢s Forgotten Casks.
The rum is aged separately by batch and by type of still in ex-Bourbon barrels, then blended and rested in oak vats for an additional six months to finish. The rum is between six and eleven years old.
Rich, dark, gold mahogany color with an intense nose of sweet raisins, cigar tobacco, amber honey and vanilla. A warm palate offers grilled tropical fruit and candied walnuts rounded with soft spices that persist throughout a long wonderful finish.