Tasting Notes for Foursquare Sassafras Old Barbados Rum
Nose: Dried fruits and oak, raisins, and some dried plums. Along with this comes a very present cognac influence, supported by another layer of vanilla.
Taste: An amazing combination of the dark and heavy flavours with lighter fruitier ones. Soft tannins and slight bitterness from the wood, deep vanilla, leather and tobacco are perfectly complemented by the crispness of grapes, raisins and hints of apple and pear.
Finish: Extremely long finish slowly releases all the flavours leaving you to linger with a masterpiece. Truely stunning rum.
New opus distilled by Foursquare, signed by Velier, the aptly named Sassafras whose rum has benefited from a double aging in ex-Bourbon barrels for three years then ex-cognac barrels for eleven years, bottled with the strength of the barrel ( barrel proof), six thousand bottles for the world bottled at 61%.
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 61%