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 venture and 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.
Chairman"„¢s Spiced Rum begins with the original Chairman"„¢s Reserve steeped with “Bois Bandé,"� a local Caribbean bark culturally known for its aphrodisiac qualities. Added to the rum are local spices and fruits such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, lemon and orange peels. It 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. Local fruits and spices are added over the final six months of finishing.
Deep mahogany color with a supple red hue. An expressive aroma of bitter orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet raisin lead to a sweet and rich mouthfeel bursting with exotic spices, and balanced with crisp citrus character. An epicurean and complex spiced rum.