Original Spiced Rum
Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum uses the same blend as the Original Rum – a mix of light and heavy rums from both Coffey column stills and copper pot stills aged separately in ex-Bourbon barrels for an average of five years, married together and then matured in oak for a further six months – infused with Caribbean fruits and spices, such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice and citrus peels. Probably the most ‘exciting’ botanical used is the bark of the Richeria Grandis tree, an aphrodisiac known locally as Bois Bandé, meaning ‘stretched wood’ (so no prizes for guessing what that’s rumoured to do). Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Original Rum tastes a lot like Christmas. Festive spices mingle with notes of kola nut, marmalade, gingerbread and Christmas cake made with apricot jam to stick the icing on. Get a bottle in for Christmas, but you can sip this all year round. We love it combined with Coca-Cola’s Signature Mixers.
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.
£4.43 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3573196
Style No.: 854061
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