Chairman's Reserve The Forgotten Cask Rum
Back in May of 2007, Saint Lucia Distillers was badly damaged by a fire, which in particular made large sections of the aging warehouses unusable until they could be repaired. This damage necessitated the moving of many barrels of rum to new locations, and in the chaos of this procedure, some of the barrels were misplaced and forgotten. The issue wasn’t identified until 2014, and by that time the barrels had aged far longer than the roughly six years typically present in the flagship Chairman’s Reserve brand. A decision was made to simply release those barrels as part of a considerably older blend, which became The Forgotten Casks. Response to that new blend was positive, so the distillery has continued producing it ever since.
The Forgotten Casks is an extra-aged blend of 6 to 11-year-old rums distilled in both column and pot stills, and aged in ex-bourbon barrels. On the nose, molasses richness and dark fruit greet you right off the bat. Fruitcake, brandied cherries, coconut, and burnt sugar. The palate follows with toffee, cranberry, cherry, raisins, clove, and ginger, with a hint of the St. Lucia industrial pot still notes like hints of rubber and wax. Bottled at 40% abv.