Last month, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Forgotten Cask Rum & Cocktail Bar for a Chairman’s Reserve Master Class & Tasting hosted by Michael Glaize.
Chairman’s Reserve is a blend of double distilled pot still and continuous still rums from the stunning island of St. Lucia. What’s pot still and continuous still I hear you cry! Well, I can’t say I fully understand it all myself, so I have taken slugs from good ol’ Wikipedia to assist me with that answer 😉
Now all the science is out of the way, here are my reviews of all of the rums I tried in order of preference.
Chairmans Reserve Finest St Lucia Rum
- On the eyes: Beautifully light golden brown in colour
- On the nose: Really strong on the ethanol front – which I am not a big fan of.
- On the tongue: It has all the elements of a tasty rum, but ultimately overly woody for my liking, with a raisin after taste. There is a bit of an afterburn to it also, which I am never a fan of.
If I may be so bold, I could totally see this rum being used as an awesome mixer.
St Lucia Distillers 1931 fifth Edition
- On the eyes: Yummy burnt caramel in colour
- On the nose: The ethanol is not as over bearing as Rum, which is a relief. I can actually pick up the scent of toffee caramel and what could the possibly be some tropical fruit, possibly banana and orange?
- On the tongue: It’s a lot drier then I expected, it smells a lot juicer than it tastes- not a bad thing at all, just a little surprise. I can taste the caramel I smelt as well as the fruits, but on the tongue there is definitely an oakiness to it… and there goes that after burn.
This is a pretty rich rum which I imagine would be rather nice as a sipping rum.
St Lucia Distillers 1931 First Edition
- On the eyes: Light amber in colour, which seemed to glisten in my glass.
- On the nose: Rich, fruity with a slight hint of coca.
- On the tongue: This rum was rather fragrant: Orange peel, vanilla and coca are the tones that really stood out to me. Along with that, it was really bloody smooth. As much as I hate to say this, it actually reminded me of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange – I know… I hang my head in shame. Oh, and there was not much of an after burn. Yay!
This is a very expensive tasting rum, considering my comparing it to a British chocolate. I would happily add this to my rum collection.
Chairmans Reserve Spiced Rum
- On the eyes: Deep amber in colour.
- On the nose: A yummy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and coconut.
- On the tongue: Incredibly moreish! There is an explosion of spices and sweetness that leave you wanting just one more sip. Not overbearingly sweet like some spiced rums but a little bit on the clove side that had me a little thrown. None the less, a beautiful spiced rum that I will be running back to again and again.
This has got to be my favourite spiced rum at the moment. Since I tasted it in London last year, I have not been able to drink anything else. I adore it.
Chairmans Reserve The Forgotten Cask
- On the eyes: Deep amber in colour.
- On the nose: Another perfect marriage of vanilla and caramel with the soothing warmth of spice.
- On the tongue: YES! This is the rum I have been waiting for! Perfectly balanced: sweet, chocolaty, spicy and smoky. Incredibly smooth with a ridiculously rich depth to it – I honestly wish I could dive into this glass!
This rum has changed the game for me. This is the first rum I have come across that I could sit and sip on until the cows come home. What a pleasant surprise Chairman’s.
Thank you for a fantastic night Forgotten Cask Rum & Cocktail Bar, I will be sure to be back soon.
Cauliflower Hotel – The Forgotten Cask Rum Cocktail Bar 123 Botany Rd, Waterloo, 2017 Sydney, Australia
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