Saint Lucia Distillers: Chairman’s Reserve Forgotten Cask

My first ever St Lucian rum!

Up till now I’d been hopping from one random distillery or indie bottling to another but this blog, much like a new child in the family (I imagine), has forced me to sort my life out. But instead of perusing the nappy aisle at Tesco’s, bleary eyed at midnight with a magazine coupon in hand, I’m trawling the digital retailers, armed with whispers and suggestions from fellow rum enthusiasts, trying to organise my approach to rum buying.

Probably more bleary eyed as a result of it though.

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Habitation Velier: Hampden LROK

Today’s (shortish) review is of another Habitation Velier offering, this time from Hampden distillery in Jamaica. It’s an unaged rum, bottled in 2018 at high proof 62.5%, which I picked up for €46 over at Excellence Rhum. It’s a 100% pot still rum with an ester count of 350gr/hlpa – this is the reason behind the tag LROK, the label Hampden attach to their distillate with an ester count of 300-400gr/hlpa and it stands for Light Rum Owen Kelly.
Owen Kelly might be a reference to one of the early sugar planters of Hampden Great House, a Dermot Owen Kelly-Lawson who became its owner around 1827.
It’s worth noting that the highest ester marque produced by Hampden (indeed, the highest count allowed for export at 1600gr/hlpa) is DOK – Dermot Owen Kelly-Lawson. More on Hampden (and Jamaica’s MANY other fantastic distilleries) another time.

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Foursquare: Nobiliary

Country: Barbados
Pot & Column Still Blend
Aging: 14 years, ex-bourbon casks
ABV: 59%
Bottled: December 2019
Outturn: 6000 (Europe, US is TBC)

I’m definitely a Foursquare fan. I think the company really works to educate the consumer and I’ve not yet heard a poor review of any of their rums. I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Twitter tasting where I was given a dram of this and I was impressed enough that I subsequently bought two bottles of it! I’m halfway through the first one now, so I *THINK* I can give a reasonable judged review. (No points for guessing it’ll be a good one).

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