Tasting Notes for Habitation Velier - Monymusk 2010
Nose: An initial light and tart crispness, followed by shades of garden of fruits – apricots, soursop, guavas, prunes – combined with nougat, almonds and vanilla.
Taste: Molasses, salted caramel, dates, figs, ripe apples and oranges, brown sugar and honey, and a plethora of fragrant spices that make you think you were in an oriental bazaar someplace – mint, basil, and cumin for the most part.
Finish: Superbly long lasting as the palate gradually fades away, taking you once more through all the various flavours previously encountered.
This wonderful collaboration between Velier and the Clarendon distillery in Clarendon, Jamaica, aims to recreate one of the historical marks of Jamaican rum. The EMB mark was formerly produced by the Bog Estate which was also located in Clarendon County in southeast Jamaica, and closed 1948. The formula of its "wedderburn style" rums has been handed down and continues to be produced precisely for Monymusk in Clarendon's pot stills.
Wedderburns, named after a company called "Wedderburn & co" based in Leadenhall Street in London, can be considered a real style that generally has an average ester level between 200 and 300 gr / hlap. Monymusk in fact declares that the EMB mark oscillates between 240 and 250 gr / hlap. The Wedderburn were rums that were used in the composition of blends and these rums became known to such an extent that they were identified for their own style of taste. They were not consumed in Jamaica but rather intended only for European blends.
Monymusk EMB is 100% produced in the Clarendon Distillery pot stills. Medium-long fermentations take place first in large open fermentation vats and then pass into large metal containers for a further period of rest, where bacterial fermentations are activated that enrich the fermented product. Distillation takes place in Clarendon's two large pot stills (Vendome and Calandria-i). Habitation Velier Monymusk EMB was distilled in 2010, bottled in 2019 high proof at 62% after 9 years of tropical aging which resulted in a 64% angels share without the addition of additives, sugar or dye.
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 The Clarendon Distillery for Velier Style Pure Single Rum Age 9 years tropical aging in Jamaica Volume 70CL ABV 62%