Chairman’s Reserve 1931 to launch in the USBy Nicola Carruthers
Saint Lucia Distillers is set to release Chairman’s Reserve 1931, a limited edition bottling that pays homage to “rum philosophy and craft”.
Bottled at 46% abv, Chairman’s Reserve 1931 is a blend of distillates from Saint Lucia Distillers’ twin column coffey still and three copper pot stills, which have aged individually for between six and 11 years in Bourbon and Port casks before being married together.
The expression is inspired by Denis Banard, who founded the Banard family’s rum distillery in 1931. A pioneer in blending rum, he began experimenting with distillates from various fermentations of molasses.
Banard passed down his philosophy and technique to his grandson Laurie, who officially founded the Chairman’s Reserve brand in 1999.
The rum has an aroma of “sweet raisins with definite toasted oak notes, leather, spice and tobacco”. While the palate has “rich sultana fruit with hints of crème caramel and buttery oak” followed by a “long complex finish”.
Benjamin Jones, director of Spiribam, the brand’s US importer, said: “The limited edition 1931 embodies the finer life of Saint Lucia and establishes Chairman’s Reserve at the head of the class within the premium rum category as well as against all premium aged spirits.”
Chairman’s Reserve 1931 will debut in the US in November 2018.