Saint Lucia Distillers

St Lucian rum is steeped in the island’s history, and this is evident in the rums they produce. These rums are a must taste, and a must buy as they are considered a collector’s item and will impress the discerning palate of any rum connoisseur. To complete any Caribbean rum collection, at least one of the St Lucian premium rums is a necessity.

Admiral Rodney is one of the world’s finest rums. Made from 100 per cent continuous still rums, Admiral Rodney is St Lucia Distillers flagship rum because of its age and complexity. The rum commemorates the English Admiral Rodney who famously \”broke the line\” and vanquished the French fleet at the Battle of the Saints in 1782, forcing the French and Spanish to abandon a planned invasion of Jamaica. As further stocks of aged rum come on line, the company keeps adding older rums into the blend. Currently, the Admiral George Rodney blend averages 12 years and distillers are aiming for an average of 15 years in the coming years. During 2009 Admiral Rodney won Gold at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London and Gold at the World Spirits Competition in Germany and the Rum Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge.

The brand 1931 celebrates the inauguration of a new distillery in February of that year in the Mabouya Valley, near Dennery, in St Lucia. The distillery was founded by Denis Barnard, forefather of the current CEO Mr Laurie Barnard. The blend is of Coffey and copper pot distillates from 1999 and 2004. The maturation calls for seven American white oak casks. The result is a blend of rums ranging from seven to 12 years in age with a deep mahogany core and a vibrant brown rim. Tasting notes: full nose of sweet honeyed fruit with hints of chocolate and tobacco; good oak integration with vanilla tones; on the palate dry at first then opens up to display great depth and complexity; concentrated with steeped raison fruit, vanilla and a hint of roasted nuts; balanced and an incredibly long finish. 

Chairman’s Reserve – The Forgotten Casks were found after a major fire destroyed the blending facility of St Lucia Distillers. Mercifully, most of the distillery was spared but they encountered great problems with storage space for their casks. In the melee that followed, the cellar master was forced to find space for ageing casks in the most unusual places. Having done so, the cellar team had a memory lapse and forgot the casks that had been laid down for our award-winning rum Chairman\’s Reserve. These casks were discovered recently and upon tasting were found to contain a wonderfully complex rum which is now offered as a limited release.

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