Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Chairman’s Schooling and Afterparty

Admiral Rodney and Chairman’s Reserve Most interesting – The Forgotten Casks
The Rum Collective’s launch social gathering at Wine World & Spirits, September 2013

The time was lengthy overdue and the persistence of rum connoisseurs across the US ran aground years in the past. Actually, many had merely given up on seeing Admiral Rodney stateside. Would the trademark trial over its comparability to Admiral Nelson be resolved? Would the US market maintain sufficient curiosity to foster passage of The Forgotten Casks Rum? Final September, issues achieved modified! Not solely had been they authorized, (sure, the USPTO has formally accepted that there was a couple of admiral within the British Royal Navy!) however these world class rums had been launched in three cities within the US. Seattle, with its rum-loving group, was one the chosen few together with Washington, DC and New York. For these of you who attended the launch social gathering, the next ought to stoke the fireplace of fond reminiscences gained (or misplaced) that evening. For people who missed it, now you can style these rums, as bottles have simply arrived and can be out there (lastly!) at choose places in Seattle later this week.

Admiral Rodney Field

The thrill and suspense surrounding the launch social gathering occasions in Seattle complimented these two rums’ turbulent historical past. First, laws had simply went into impact per week prior permitting liquor retailers to carry spirit tastings in Washington State. So, this launch was to be a Washington premiere, not just for these two gems of the rum world, but additionally of legally “sampling” rum in a retail liquor retailer in our now privatized state. Second, Clyde Davis Jr., the gents largely chargeable for their US entrance and success, was flying in for the occasions. Wine World, a liquor retailer with spacious occasion rooms and a strong collection of rum, was a perfect location. That night, friends frequently arrived even after the seats stuffed for a style of what was coming. The invitation made clear to RSVP, however the love for rum overcame digital formalities and lots of had been content material with standing, or ought to I say, sipping room solely. Rumantic! The tutorial, guided tasting by the vast majority of St. Lucia Distiller’s best rums had begun…

We mentioned the rum’s early beginnings, originating in 1931 on the Barnard Household-owned distillery (Dennery Manufacturing unit Co.) up till the current passing of their Managing Director and third Technology member of the family Laurie Barnard in 2012. Simply as most of the Caribbean islands have gone, by the 1950’s, the forces influencing the consolidation of rum producers had been successful and solely two distilleries, the Dennery Distillery (Barnard Household) and the Roseau Bay Distillery (Geest Household), remained. At this time, rum making continues on the distillery in Roseau Bay solely. As the vast majority of the cultivated land was transformed to a banana from a sugarcane-based crop within the 1960’s, the Dennery Manufacturing unit Co. was compelled to import molasses because of lack of availability on the island. Later in 1972, their merger with the Geest Household (Dutch Banana Co.) and formation of the St. Lucia Group consolidated the native distilleries, later branding their very own rums, like Denros Bounty Rum. Chairman’s Reserve was on the horizon.

Chairman’s Reserve Most interesting – The Forgotten Casks Field

At this time, the household directed course of and imaginative and prescient hasn’t modified. Their rums are constructed from molasses, which is imported from Guyana and fermented by a separated yeast course of for 24-30 hours. To realize the distinct taste marques, they make use of 4 stills of their distillation course of: three pots (two John Dore and one Vendome) and one single steady column nonetheless. It is a pleasure to style by all the line without delay, starting with the Chairman’s Reserve Silver. The Silver is a mix of column and pot nonetheless rums aged 3-4 years and is charcoal filtered (do not let the transparency idiot you!) revealing a medium bodied, dry mixing rum with a gentle sweetness and refined hints of banana. Chairman’s Reserve Rum was subsequent up. It was conceived by the late Laurie Barnard in 1999, additionally a pot and column nonetheless mix that exhibits off a bit extra of its aged maturity (~5 yr) with balanced aromas of baking spices, mild hints of cocoa and vanilla arising beneath a extra fragrant pot nonetheless hogo and oakiness. Clyde has many tales to share and offers a essential perspective on importing and elevating a model within the US. We then entered The Forgotten Casks, which is an analogous mix of rums because the Reserve Rum, however unintentionally* aged a mean of 7-12 years. The Forgotten Casks reveals, with out a lot effort, a few of these deeper passionate notes; boasting raisins, chocolate and tobacco with hints of citrus below the nostril and silky mouth-feel resonating tender sultans and toffee on the palate. The Chairman’s Reserve Spiced wants little introduction right here. A frontrunner within the spiced rum class that may be sipped or combined. It stands up anyway you need it, with or with out the assistance it is distinctive aphrodisiac-laden infusion of Bois Bande. Lastly, we expertise Admiral Rodney. It’s additionally a mix of rums with a mean of 12 years, nevertheless, in distinction to the others, it’s from column nonetheless solely. Properly balanced and embellished with all of the charms you’ll anticipate of a premium product. For sure, those that sipped it voiced their “oh, wows” and “yums” beckoning for extra. Whereas The Forgotten Casks will not allow you to quickly neglect what you’ve got tasted, Admiral Rodney, could have you surrendering and fairly probably declaring it as your subsequent favourite rum. I’ll state right here, as I’ve acknowledged concerning the Chairman’s Reserve Rums earlier than – they’re undervalued and stay an ideal purchase. Everybody is aware of the components; prime quality spirit divided by low price equals nice worth. That is a kind of rums the place you are able to do the mathematics and really feel good understanding the reply!

*So what’s the story behind the identify, The Forgotten Casks?

On Could 2nd, 2007, a devastating hearth set by arsonists, destroyed the mixing, laboratory and administrative buildings on website. The cellar grasp, Cyril Mangal, had issues discovering storage locations for safeguarding the rums. Lots of the once-used bourbon casks, held a mix of pot and column nonetheless rums. Among the casks had been positioned in places the place they might be forgotten about for a while earlier than being found.
Therefore, the identify The Forgotten Casks…

After tasting it, you will need St. Lucia Distiller’s to maintain forgetting them!

The place did Chairman’s Reserve get its identify? 

Onward to….

The Afterparty at Rob Roy!

If in case you have been to Rob Roy, one in every of Seattle’s favourite cocktail bars or have witnessed the expertise of the proprietor, Anu Apte, then you’re conscious of the enjoyment that follows after ordering there. An unique menu of cocktails that includes Chairman’s Reserve Rums was created for the occasion. Let’s take a look!

Gunpowder Punch

Chairman’s Reserve Rum



Turbinado Sugar 

Previous World Spices


Rummin’ with the Satan

Chairman’s Reserve Most interesting – The Forgotten Casks

Orange Bitters

Islands within the Stream

Chairman’s Reserve Rum

Dry Vermouth

Creme de Cassis

Orange Blossom Flower Water

St. Lucia Oriole

Chairman’s Reserve Most interesting – The Forgotten Casks

Apricot Liquer




 If you wish to purchase The Forgotten Casks and/or Admiral Rodney, they’re now out there in restricted portions at Wine World & Spirits.

A giant thanks to Wine World for his or her help and offering the occasion house!

Cheers to Anu Apte and the barstaff at Rob Roy for a superb menu of scrumptious rum cocktails!! 

Lastly, thanks to everybody who attended to make this one in every of The Rum Collective’s most historic occasions!!

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