Tasting Notes for Habitation Velier - Forsyths WPM 2006
Nose: Sugar cane, mango and pineapple. Slightly medicinal and coastal - a bit Islay-esque!
Taste: Fruity esters, sea salt, cut grass, raisin, dark chocolate dryness.
Finish: Cooking spice heat balanced by brown sugar and sharp green apple.
Pure Single Rum from the Worthy Park distillery, Jamaica, distilled in their Forsyths pot still in 2006 and bottled in 2017 by Velier, under the Habitation Velier brand, making it 11 years old. All of the ageing was done tropically which has given an Angel’s Share of over 71% – that’s around the same as if it was matured in Europe for around 25 years. It’s from marque WPM (Worthy Park Medium Light) and has an ester level of 209.3 gr/hlpa. Natural colour, non-chill filtered and bottled at barrel-proof of 57.5% abv.
A lot has been written about this rum, and opinion is pretty unanimous that this is one of the best rums currently available to buy. Like all Velier releases it’s priced for the premium market, but what you get in this case is beyond premium - a simply phenomenal rum. It’s not a high ester Jamaican rum, the esters here are just right, the cask interaction is also just right, the strength is perfect and it's rounded out by an umami note that you can’t pin down. It just tastes and feels like the complete rum - elevated beyond normal rums.
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 bottled at barrel proof, non-chill filtered, and without the addition of caramel or any other element not from distillation.
Producer Worthy Park Distillery for Velier Style Pure Single Rum Age 11 years Volume 70CL ABV 58%