Tasting Notes for Habitation Velier - Port Mourant White Rum
Nose: Initial aroma of sweet, strong and young alcohol which gives way to a hint of banana and coconut.
Taste: Initially sharp and fierce before some grassy and vegetal flavours come in. Reminiscent of a less grassy rhum agricole with a light smokiness.
Finish: Long, dry, sweet and salt finish.
This is undoubtedly one of the geekiest rums we stock. What we have here is the origin of all the legendary El Dorado and Port Mourant rums, completely unaged and bottled at cask strength. That means we have all the wonderful flavours present in the initial distillate, but also all the sharp jagged edges which are usually softened by barrel aging. At one point shy of 60% it certainly packs a punch and the massive 537.59 g/laa of congeners makes it stand out as one of the most flavourful rums around. The geek inside me can’t help to be fascinated by all of the above and if you persevere with this high strength, high flavour, new-make spirit, you will be richly rewarded. Also great for experimenting with rum cocktails.
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 Diamond distillery, Guyana for Velier Style Unaged Pure Single Rum Age Unaged Volume 70CL ABV 59%