I have always wondered how a small island like Saint Lucia could produce coveted rums the world over but, after taking a tour of the Rum Distillery in Roseau, it all became clear. Inspired by the brand new Capella St Lucia Rum Cave, I was curious to learn more about the production process. After spending nearly two hours inhaling the lovely sugar scent and hearing the stories of how all the rums were produced, I fell even more in love with this delicious spirit. One of the most intriguing moments from the tour was learning about the forgotten casks.
On May 2nd, 2007, the Rum Distillery in Roseau was struck by a major fire, which destroyed the entire administration and blending facilities. As they evacuated the buildings, staffers did their best to salvage some of the rum barrels. The Cellar Master, Mr. Cyril Mangal, was forced to find space for ageing casks in the most unusual places. After hiding as many as he could, Mangal quickly escaped the building before the fire’s flames could consume him.
Over seven years later and still in the process of cleaning up the debris of the fire, one of the mixologists stumbled upon a few rum barrels that no one had previously noticed. It seems, with all of the madness that followed the fire, Mr Mangal had forgotten about the stash! Upon tasting the rum in these barrels, the Master mixologist discovered a wonderfully concocted complex rum. He immediately decided to offer this rum as a limited release because of its powerful components. This new rum, which stemmed from the base Chairman’s Reserve Rum was now branded as The Forgotten Casks.
When you visit this lovely island, be sure to ask your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant for an exclusive Rum Tasting Experience at the Capella St Lucia Rum Cave where you too may have a chance to try some of The Forgotten Casks.