Chairman's Reserve Rum Original
St. Lucia Distillers // Saint Lucia
Chairman's Reserve, born in 1999, is named for St. Lucia Distillers' then chairman Laurie Barnard, who created a blend made from both pot and continuous still rums. The rums are first matured for 9 months in new American oak, then aged separately in ex-bourbon casks hailing from Jim Beam and Buffalo Trace as well as ex-Tennessee whiskey casks from Jack Daniels. They are then blended together and given an additional 6 months to mingle in cask before bottling. There is no official age statement, though the youngest rums are at least 5 years old. Note: Formerly called Chairman's Reserve Finest Blended Rum.
Aged RumRum that is aged, but no specific type or size barrel required. No set time required for length of aging, but will often carry an age statement (which should be taken with a grain of salt). Often thought of as "sipping rums".
"The initial taste of Chairman's Reserve Rum Original is like drinking a sip of boozy raisins. Upon further tastes, fresher tropical fruit flavors emerge such as mango and banana, with honey, vanilla and espresso. There is a woodsy/tobacco funk that clashes a bit with these flavors, necessitating a cube of ice to mellow it out. It's not among the top sipping rums, but works very well in cocktails or other mixers. A pretty decent deal given its price point and complexity of production."