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Chairman's Reserve rum is produced in St Lucia using continuous and pot stills. The rum from these stills are aged for 3-4 years separetly, then combined and aged for 6 more months to marry the flavors.
The first blend of Chairman’s Reserve was produced in 1999 by St. Lucia Distillers, which was founded in 1932, and overseen by the company's Chairman Laurie Barnard.
This rum looks and tastes great in a flask and that is where you will find me enjoying it. On cold days when racing a single man dinghy, this rum will help keep me warm and reside in my PFD. My friends will come by and ask to partake and when we all come in, the flask will be dry.
Bottle: The label is interesting looking and a good representation of its birth home but the bottle fails to impress after that. Very little detail about the distillery, no syn-cork that says it is a better product, the bottle bottom notes indicates that it is not a cheap bottle. Presentation could be better.
Color: A very nice golden brown, it looks the part of a great rum.
Bottle Aroma: A heavy ethanol odor hits the nose first but the rum does come through.
Glass Aroma: The ethanol smell has dissipated and a light oak, easy drinking rum smell fills the nose.
Taste: The rum starts out light which surprises after the bottle nose, a good start of flavor hits and the caramel begins, then the oils leave the tongue and the heat comes back. This is another rum that I'll pack into a flask for cold days when the backbone needs strengthening, but this is not the rum I will chose in front of the fire.
This rum is a bit uneven but I do not dislike this trait in rums. Rums should not be 20 year old bourbons or 30 year old cognacs, they should bite a little and when they fail to do so, I tend to get bored. Some may find this rum a little harsh, but like my personality, I find the harshness true to character and enjoy the company.
Neat its a quite warm sip.better than when mixed with coke. I preferred it with a little breathing time. In other words I let it sit for a while. I'm not going to rush out and replace this bottle but not because i didn't like it. It's just very similar to other stuff and there's so many more to try.
This one I've been putting off for a while because it's one of the few rums that is pretty much on the shelf at about every local liquor store. Sometimes placed within the Capt. Morgan/Bacardi/Malibu/Cruzan shelves which isn't a good thing IMHO. Made me hesitate getting a bottle for quite some time.
But, it finally came time to try some...
It does have an appealing rich amber color and its aroma is very nice. A little caramel...a little ethanol. Not bad.
Sipping it reveals a bit of sweetness with flavors of vanilla and the oak in which it was aged. A little too much oak for sipping. Has just a tad too much bitterness for my tastes in sipping rums. The finish is somewhat dry so it appears this is a rum best suited for mixing especially in fruit-based drinks where the sweetness would balance out the bitterness from the oak.
Potentially this would be even better rum if allowed to age for 5-7 more years. That's the missed potential.
Not a terrible rum but one I would pass on if several certain other brands are available.
I drank about 20 or so glasses neat in St. Lucia. This is the way to go. This needs time to breath in the glass. As this sits for a while it really opens up. Nice strong spice and totally smooth with a nice amount of pot still rum. Picked up a 1L bottle in St. Lucia for 16 US. It has a strong alcohol when poured that needs time to rest to open a spicy enjoyable nose.
Quality mid range rum. Quite ok to sip straight, and with enough taste to be distinctive in mixed drinks. Pity there isn't a premium aged version available.
Ste Lucie réserve bien d'autres merveilles, mais ce rhum a le mérite d'exister et d'être correct d'un point de vue qualité/prix.
This did not meet expectations. Lacked any smoothness and the burn drowned out any flavor the rum might have had.
Il y a beaucoup mieux à boire, rhum à découvrir mais pas nécessairement en acheter 1 bouteille.
Not a sipper but a very decent rum for mixing.
As a sipper it would be a 6, but as a mixer a solid 8.
Fruity with a hint of tabaco so be carefull which mix you want to put it in because it will bring some flavor in the mix of it's own.
I normally like my rum chilled over ice. This is the only rum i actually prefer at room temp. Not special either way though.
Not great, but only $24 at Total Wines. A like bit of a strong after taste but pretty good. I will buy it again.
Good quality rum mixes well with coke or juice I prefer lilt. For the price its a steal better than the supermarket rums of similar price
I'd read a few good reviews and planned to treat myself to a bottle for home use. I then see this for sale within a pub in Bath and thought why not.
I would definitely buy again but in my opinion not the best and did not meet my expectations after reading the reviews
Most people wants to find rum with good value for money. Well, here it is. It’s very hard to find anything better for this amount of money. The only one I found is the English Harbour 5y, which is extraordinariy and also cost a little bit more.
But this one is also something special with its flavours and nice afterburn. After what I have heard it’s the most consumed rum in St. Lucia. So it can’t be more karibik. This is a very good everyday rum to a very low price.
Kind of standard rum, tasty but not extraordinary. Good one for sipping n' talking xD
Far from decent, but can stand in for virgin islands mixer I suppose... call me crazy, but it’s got the same profile to me!
Warm, but not overpowering. Lovely to sip in the evening. Caramel, zest and a mild spicy note make for a perfect rum to chill with.
Not bad stuff. Bit rough to drink neat, nice with a mixer. Can't really give it a 7.
Having been to St Lucia twice, it ranks right up there with St Vincent and Dominica for being the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. I have finally found an affordable rum from this rugged island. Something also tells me that the molasses is sourced from Jamaica, but that is just my own hunch.
The aroma is of caramel and leather. The taste is similar to one of the funky Jamaican rums from Appleton Estate. The after taste is pure Jamaican funk. The burn is toned down a bit. At $25, I don't regret buying it.
After breathing in the bottle for 10 days beyond the first test, the subdued funky Jamaican flavors are now even more subdued and replaced with the taste of butterscotch. I have upgraded my rating from a 6 to a 7, which means that I would buy this one again as an affordable sipper to save my more expensive rums that I have rated at 8 or higher. This one is priced mid range and has multiple uses.
For the price you are not going to do much better than this. makes a good drink with coke and goes well down with the lads after a few beers
Nothing extraordinary. Decent rum for the price, but too boring.
Ostřejší, alkoholová vůně, lehce štiplavá chuť, jak chuti tak vůni něco chybí... Ne, že by se nedal pít, vzhledem k ceně je to slušné pití, ale raději si trochu připlatím za něco, z čeho budu mít opravdu radost...
Enjoyed this one great price and lovely smooth taste.
This is very pleasant especially with an ice cube or two. It has an ethanol, molasses and caramel nose and taste with a slight touch of oak and spice. It is slightly sweet and has
only a moderate alcoholic kick and burn.
I would not describe it as overly complex. There are not lots of different flavours in it, but the ones that there are sit together very smoothly and enjoyably. At a cost of £20 it's very good value and although it's not as interesting and different as the spiced version, it is easier to drink regularly. Above all it has a really nice warming feeling and a slight brandy-like heat to it.
Chairman's Reserve rum review by The Fat Rum Pirate