/
Discover the rums of Saint Lucia - Chairman's Reserve

Discover the rums of Saint Lucia - Chairman's Reserve

3 min.
20. 05. 2024
Discover the rums of Saint Lucia - Chairman's Reserve

A passion for rum was born

Laurie Barnard, the late Chairman of St Lucia Distillers, inspired and created the iconic Chairman's Reserve brand in 1999. His vision to define and reinvent the St. Lucia rum category was unlike anything rum had seen before or since. While other distilleries were purchasing column stills to increase production, Laurie invested in eclectic barrel types, small stills, custom yeast strains and sugar cane. He believed that the best rum was not achieved from a single barrel, but by blending a variety of ingredients of different ages, finishes, styles and base ingredients.

Laurie was born in Saint Lucia in 1945 and wasted no time following in his father's footsteps in the agricultural industry. At the age of 18, he began working alongside his father Denis on the farm where he managed the sugar cane and banana business. Soon after, in 1969, he became the GM of a large farm that became the largest banana farm in the Winard Islands, employing more than 500 people. At the same time, he took charge of the distillery and began to cultivate his love of rum and the endless possibilities it provided.

Raw Materials

Molasses
Molasses from the Dominican Republic is brought in three times a year on a large tanker and pumped into the tanks at the distillery through a kilometre-long pipeline.

Sugar cane
In keeping with the Chairman's Reserve brand philosophy and focusing on the art of blending, a small percentage of sugar cane spirit is added to some Chairman's Reserve expressions, namely 1931 and Legacy. This sugar cane is grown adjacent to the distillery and was brought in from Barbados by Laurie Barnard in 2004.

Source of water
Water from the Roseau River is collected in the Beru pond just over a kilometre from the distillery and is used for fermentation and cooling of the equipment. The yeasts love the minerals that are naturally present in this soft water, which helps to create favourable esters.

Rainwater is collected from the roofs of the facility. Approximately 3.5 million gallons of water per year is collected and used in the blending of rums. This water is ideal for blending due to its lower mineral content.

Fermentation
St. Lucia Distillers uses two different types of yeast, but all the aged rum is fermented with its own yeast strain, which has been isolated from a small sugar cane field at the distillery.

Fermentation takes 36 hours in 8 open concrete fermentation tanks. Before it is ready for distillation, the mash is fermented to an alcohol content of 7 %.

Saint Lucia - the pearl of the Caribbean.

Distillation
Saint Lucia Distillers has a variety of pot stills that are used in the distillation process:

The Vendome Still has a capacity of 1 364 litres. Installed in 2003, it is a hybrid still with 9 plates and uses batch distillation.
The John Dore II Still has a capacity of 6 000 litres and was installed in 2005.
The John Dore I Still has a capacity of 450 litres and was installed in 1998.
The Coffey column Still, commissioned in 1985, has a daily capacity of 4 500 lPA. The Still 2 columns have a 45 plate rectification column.

Ageing
Chairman's Reserve is mostly aged in bourbon barrels, although there is a small percentage of 1931 rum aged in port barrels.

Saint Lucia's warm tropical climate is an ideal environment for aging, giving the wood maximum extraction in minimal time.

We recommend to taste unique rums Chairman's Reserve!

-7%
Chairman's Reserve Forgotten Casks 0,7l
5060184940184
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
46,30 €
43,06 €
Chairman's Reserve 1931 0,7l
5060184940627
0.7 l
46 %
In stock
In stock
83,80 €
-7%
Chairman's Reserve Legacy 0,7l
5060184941471
0.7 l
43 %
In stock
In stock
35,30 €
32,83 €
In stock
In stock
53,40 €
-6%
Multibuy Deal
Chairman's Reserve 0,7l
5060184940030
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
25,00 €
23,50 €
In stock
In stock
59,90 €
Chairman's Reserve White 0,7l
5060184940122
0.7 l
43 %
Last 2 pieces
Last 2 pieces
20,00 €
-7%
Multibuy Deal
Chairman's Reserve Spiced 0,7l
5060184940085
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
24,90 €
23,16 €
We also recommend you to read
Carúpano: International Coffee Day
Rum
30. 09. 2022
Carúpano: International Coffee Day
This Saturday, October 1, is International Coffee Day, which is the perfect opportunity to get together with your loved ones and chat over a good cup of coffee. Almost all of us like coffee and drink it often. That is why there is no more innovative way to celebrate International Coffee Day than with a special ingredient! You must be wondering what Carúpano brand rum has in common with coffee?…
Neptune Rum: Lord of the oceans from Foursquare
Rum
24. 08. 2021
Neptune Rum: Lord of the oceans from Foursquare
The Foursquare rum distillery from the island of Barbados has launched a very interesting rum, which has won more than 70 medals and awards for quality, taste and ecology. But first, let's say some basic information about Foursquare. Foursquare is located on a former sugar plantation, which was established in about 1720, on the small Caribbean island of Barbados. The distillery was reopened by…