Chairman's Reserve -The Forgotten Casks

Chairman's Reserve Bottle-OK

Product of:  St. Lucia
Aged:  blend of rums aged up to 11 years
Price: $26 (on St. Lucia)
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 8

Tasting Notes
Color/appearance: dark red amber, with long thin legs that form quickly and have staying power.  Off comes the screw cap and first you notice a bouquet of sweet caramel with a bit of pot still funk and some untamed alcohol to add spice.  Aromas emerge slowly from you tasting glass, and include semisweet chocolate, dry cocoa, burnt sugar, charred oak and mild vanilla, copper, sulphur, fruity notes of candied pineapple and raisins.  The first sip is rich and sweet with caramel and pot still flavors, the vanilla and mild chocolate are more pronounced, and both contribute significantly to a medium-heavy, creamy body.  The finish is reasonably smooth, reminding you that a portion of this rum come from a pot still, and it’s easier on the throat than Chairman’s Reserve standard.  It’s warm and sweet in the throat, then dries quickly on the tongue.

Anecdotes
Chairman’s Reserve - The Forgotten Casks is a blend of rums distilled in Coffey (column) and Pot stills, then matured in American white oak casks that were once used to age Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Buffalo Trace. The individual stills outputs are aged separately, then blended and reintroduced to oak for a further 5 years before bottling.

The full story of The Forgotten Casks rum, from the 2007 fire and the ensuing hastily stored casks, to the cellarmaster’s memory lapse and their fortuitous  discovery, is well documented in nearly every review except this one.  Rum Gallery sapes you the rehash: read the account here.  Suffice it to say, once found, bottled and released to market, The Forgotten Casks achieved instant fame.  So popular was the rum that St. Lucia Distillers “is forgetting another cask every day” according to an insider friend.  Let’s hope so.  It’s one of the best aged rums from St. Lucia Distiller’s in years.  Out of tragedy comes triumph.  Rum Gallery drinks to that.

Opinion
Chairman’s Reserve - The Forgotten Casks is quite a nice rum, the pot still flavors give it personality and the extra aging mellows the rum well beyond the character of the Chairman’s Reserve that we never forgot.  I see The Forgotten Casks rum as a nice complement to some of the Bajan pot still rums in my locker.  If that style of rum is your style, then you owe it to yourself to try the Forgotten Casks.  Try it anyway, you’ll be glad you did.

Reviewed:  March 2013 on a sailboat moored in the lee of the Pitons of St. Lucia, and again at the Rum Gallery. 

© Dave Russell 2017