Tasting Notes for Habitation Velier - Long Pond STC♥E White Rum
Nose: At first particularly spicy (cloves, nutmeg), quickly becoming medicinal (balm, camphor). When aired, it opens with notes of vanilla, coconut milk, lime and white mint. Gradually, vanilla pods and fresh walnuts always give it more flesh and substance.
Taste: Amplifying the medicinal character of the nose. Coconut milk and vanilla successfully strive to provide a certain creaminess. Very fruity (pear, peach, mirabelle plum), the mid-palate is extremely juicy.
Finish: Long, deep. Very dense, almost fleshy, it invites us to bite into the juicy pears and peaches revealed by the mid-palate. Then, curry, tobacco leaves and flavors of orange blossoms coat the taste buds. The very end of the mouth is marked by notes of candied lemons, grapefruit and freshly cut sugar cane.
Long Pond STCE is a rare mark for the distillery and this release represents the first time in history that white rum has been bottled by Long Pond.
It is a very complex and rich in aromas distillate that faithfully reproduces the high ester rum production formula of the Cambridge Estate, closed since 1948, but still survives thanks to Long Pond, which continues to produce rums with high esters. For this rum total Congeners are 816.8 gr / hlpa of which esters are 674 gr / hlpa.
The starting point is always molasses, which is fermented by indigenous yeasts and following the same ancestral techniques of the 1800s. Discontinuous distillation in copper pot stills, Habitation Velier STCE is bottled to a high degree of quality.
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 Long Pond Distillery for Velier Style Pure Single Rum Age Unaged Volume 70CL ABV 62.5%