Chairman’s Reserve 1931 4th Edition
1931 from St Lucia Distillers. This turquoise coloured offering is the 3rd edition in the series.
Originally released to commemorate 80 years of rum production by St Lucia Distillers this rum or to be more accurate these rums – as they are all entirely different blends have become something of a flagship rum for St Lucia Distillers.
With each year the blend changes – this year we have the introduction of some of St Lucia Distillers Sugar Cane Juice r(h)um.
It is a blend of pot and column distilled rums aged 6 to 12 years. There is a new component in the Cane Juice r(h)um which St Lucia distillers have only recently begun producing. The rum has been aged in Bourbon casks and blended together to finish in Port Pipes/casks.
The rum has been aged in Bourbon casks and blended together to finish in Port Pipes/casks.
94% Bourbon; 6% Port Cask
Age: Aged six to twelve years. (13% 15 year; 6% 11 year; 18% 10 year; 36% 9 year; 16% 7 year; 11% 6 year)
The nose on the 4th Edition 1931 is also very inviting and refreshingly familiar. Although coming up “clean” on a Hydrometer test Michael Speakman of St Lucia Distillers has since revealed the 4-6 g/L of sugar have been added to this rum. Michael also gave the following information regarding the blend. You’ll struggle to find anything more transparent than this.
Familiar almost Jamaican like funk and notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a fresh almost minty note are present as expected. Alongside some slight hints of caramel, leather and tobacco. As with all the St Lucian rums it has a profile all of its own yet it has so many recognisable influences. The rhum in the blend seems to be adding the fresh minty notes – there is nothing grassy or immature on the nose. Nice but not overdone oaked notes and an almost bourbon-ish note also contributes to the very complex nose. This is a rum you can spend a lot of time nosing and enjoying more and more flavours. It’s very complex and multi layered. Overall it is best described as fairly sweet.