Blue Chair Bay is Country stars Kenny Chesney rum line. He worked closely with master blender Mike Booth of the West Indies Rum Distillery to create the flavor profiles of the three rums in the line.
Each 750 ml bottle has the same shape, but has a different wrap that distinguishes its look from anything else in the marketplace.
The smoky pewter bottle with its blue and white script stands out on the shelf. Sealed with a wooden capped plastic cork topped with a black and silver safety seal.
A skull and cross bones is centered in the middle of the neck. Coming in at 53 proof this rum is clear in the bottle and glass. I observed a bit of white distillate in the bottom of the bottle. Shaking it reveals quite a bit suspended in the rum.
Pouring the rum into the glass releases strong notes of sweet vanilla and coconut countered by an earthy combination of baking spices. I let the glass sit for a few minutes and when I revisited it I discovered the spices and coconut have blended into an aroma that reminds me of eggnog.
First sip presented a swirl of strong vanillin, cinnamon and roasted coconut, which was immediately followed by the grounding notes of nutmeg and clove. As the rum starts to fade I detected the feint presence of glycerol around the edge of the tongue along with the light sting of the alcohol. The sweet coconut slowly fades in a smooth finish.
This earthy spiciness balanced the sweetness of the rum and coconut creating a flavor experience that for me was easy to drink neat. The use of glycerol definitely smoothed out the edges of the low congener rum. Overall I felt this rum was a fine example of creativity and the art of blending. The trick with so many flavors going on was figuring out how to apply it to a cocktail. The Blue Chair Bay Rum website has a few ideas, and I encourage you to go where inspiration takes you with this fun and flavorful rum.