Tasting Notes for Habitation Velier - Hampden LFCH 2011
Nose: Aromas of white fruit, hints of peach, honey and tobacco.
Taste: Soft, warm and powerful, with a long persistence, light hints of vanilla complete the tasting.
Finish: Long and lingering.
Although well-known in the Habitation Velier range, the legendary Hampden distillery offers us here a little explored “mark”: LFCH. This is a rarely seen style of rum from the distillery with an ester count of 200-250 gr/hlpa, with this release coming in at 231.3. What that overly technical description means is that it's really fruity, with loads of pineapple and banana notes complemented by 7 years of tropical maturation and an angel's share of more than 40% concentrating the flavours. This gives Habitation Velier 2011 Hampden LFCH a softer, more intoxicating high ester profile, and for the first time, it also bears the real name of the Hampden Distillery, located in the Jamaican parish of Trelawny. A punchy pure pot still rum from Habitation Velier that's a must for fans of fruity rum.
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 Hampden Estate for Velier Style Pure Single Rum Age 7 years Volume 70CL ABV 66%