Saint Lucia Distillers – Chairmans Reserve: Legacy

Seasons greetings!

I kept meaning and kept meaning to add to the site – now I’ve blinked and it’s December! Procrastination, thy name is RumLondon. I’m genuinely sorry you’ve not been subject to my terribel gremmar and awful, punctuation – but we’ve probably all suffered enough in 2020 amirite?

Fear not however – I’m back and I’ll probably never leave you again.
The subject of todays review is a new addition to the core range for SLD and one that’s been infiltrating my social media posts for a month or so now. It’s called Chairmans Reserve Legacy and through, what I can only assume was a terrible misunderstanding of how small I am in the world of rum and rum reviews, I was very kindly sent a bottle of it by Dave Marsland, UK Brand Ambassador for Chairmans Reserve.

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VS Distillers – J Gow: Fading Light

I must admit I’d not heard of this distillery prior to the excellent Scottish Rum Festival that occurred a week or so ago. Scottish rum seems to be very much a rapidly expanding industry and my eyes were opened to several products that I’d like to try, including Ninefold and Matugga. After hearing about this aged chestnut cask bottle though I decided to start here, with Fading Light from J. Gow.

The distillery is owned by VS Distillers and is based in Orkney, 10 miles to the north of Scotland, an archipelago of 20 inhabited islands and 70 uninhabited with a total population of around 22,000, half of whom live in the capital – Kirkwall. Although connected to Mainland Orkney by a causeway, the distillery itself is on the uninhabited island of Lamb Holm, a mere 0.15 miles in diameter!

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Foursquare: 2007

Country: Barbados
Pot & Column Still Blend
Aging: 12 years, ex-bourbon casks
ABV: 59%
Bottled: March 2019
Outturn: 27,000

Another Foursquare review for you all. This is number 10 (X if you’re want to be all classical about it) in the Exceptional Cask Selection range. I’m all too aware that I’m late to the party. So much so that many of you will have had your first bottle, ordered a second (or third) and be deep into that with friends and family. All joking aside, this is so belated that the US has been able to try the 2008 for the last month – hopefully I’ll be a smidge more punctual when it reaches these shores.

Still, some (no one) might call me fashionably late (no they wouldn’t).

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