Tasting Notes for Foursquare Patrimonio Old Barbados Rum
Nose: Gourmand and spicy. Vanilla, sherry, wet wood, coconut, olives, chocolate, brown sugar.
Taste: Complex and ample. Tobacco leaves, caramel. Slightly smoked, notes of bitter chocolate, sweet spices (nutmeg, star anise).
Finish: Long and sweet. Vanilla notes, jelly of red fruits, cocoa.
Patrimonio is another fantastic Velier bottling of well-matured rum from the Foursquare Distillery. Collaborations between these 2 industry titans have always produced great rums, and what we have here is a faultless display of rum making utilising traditional techniques and perfectly employing the heritage associated with historical maturation of Rum in Barbados. The innovative use of wine casks championed by Foursquare continues, this time ex-oloroso sherry casks. Both rums have been aged for 14 years in the tropical climate of Barbados, with the first rum aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks for the full 14 years, and the second aged in American oak ex- bourbon casks for 10 years before being transferred to ex- oloroso sherry casks for an additional 4 years.
The combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks can be hit or miss as the fruity sherry can overpower other flavours, but in this case the balance is wonderful and the sherry element adds another dimension to what would have been an already outstanding rum. There are both column and pot still rums in here, but they don’t tell us which is which. As usual for Velier releases, it is non-chill filtered and bottled at barrel proof. No sugar or colouring added – just amazing rum. 6,000 bottles were produced for sale world-wide.
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The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges.
The latest range by Velier and Luca Gargano is Habitation Velier. The result of extensive research and education on rum over the past decades, combining Velier's experience with the know-how of the best rum producers. This range of rums takes up the codes dear to the brand, namely changing the perception of things, from the importance of aging to the importance of pot still distillation.
The idea behind the Habitation Velier project is to educate consumers and to promote artisanal distillation and the distiller’s art and techniques. Each expression, with its unique features, embodies an original project, a “world premiere” for each distillery. The range includes white Pure Single Rums, which although still not widely known, are the quintessence of sugar cane and its by-product, molasses.
Today, these white rums provide great inspiration for new generation international mixology. The vintage Pure Single Rums are entirely aged in a tropical climate, which ensures natural, accelerated aging compared to European ageing, at the expense of the quantity produced. All Habitation Velier rums are barrel proof bottled, without cold filtering, and without the addition of caramel or any other element not from distillation.
Producer Foursquare Distillery for Velier Style Single Blended Rum Age A minimum of 14 years Volume 70CL ABV 58%