2005 Vintage Rum - Chairman's Reserve

Chairman's Reserve

2005 Vintage Rum


Chairman’s Reserve 2005 Vintage Rum is the very first single vintage bottling of Saint Lucia’s finest to be released.

Two rums were distilled in 2005, one on a John Dore pot still and the other on a traditional Coffey column still. Each component was aged for four years in ex-Bourbon barrels, before being married together and matured for an additional decade. Bottled at a stronger than usual 46%, this is powerful stuff that reminds us of the old Harvey Nichols favourite, Foursquare. Rich and decadent, it presents lots of wood varnish, antique oak, leathery vanilla pods, dried pineapple, mango, guava, Sherry, rum and raisin ice cream, walnut oil, mince pie, black pepper, lime zest and tobacco. It’s hard to imagine many better rums to enjoy with a cigar at the end of a meal. It would also be a great bottle to mark a 2005 anniversary with.

Attracted by the island’s expansive sugar plantations, the Barnard family established their distillery on Saint Lucia in the 1930s. For a long time all was happy on this tropical paradise, surrounded by breath-taking waterfalls, unspoiled rainforest, palm-fringed beaches and the towering Piton Mountains, but sadly the rise of the European sugar beet looked like it would kill off centuries of rum making heritage. The last sugar plantation closed in the 1960s, being replaced with more lucrative bananas. So, the two remaining distilleries on the island – Dennery on the Barnard’s plantation and the other in Roseau owned by the Dutch company Geest – joined forces, creating Saint Lucia Distillers. Creating stunning rums under the Chairman’s Reserve brand, using molasses sourced from Guyana shipped into the jetty at Roseau Bay, they saved the island’s rum culture. With three pot stills and a continuous still, Saint Lucia Distillers are able to make all kinds of rum, but the focus always remains quality over quantity.

£9.71 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 3361710

Style No.: 854064

Country: Caribbean
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 46%
Volume: 700ml

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