The first collaboration between Velier and Foursquare Distillery, Barbados. This will certainly not be the last. With Velier no longer issuing their acclaimed aged Demerara rums from DDL, Luca Gargano has began sourcing rum from other distilleries to release under the Velier banner.
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Don Q Signature Release for 2016 is a Single Barrel rum from 2005. Don Q are amongst a number of producers who are making noises about “no addtives” in their rum. They freely invite you to test their wares as they know they have not added anything.
Despite this I still notice a lot of scepticism in the rum community concerning Don Q rums. Much of this based on the fact they produce multi column distilled rums. All I will say to those sceptical about their rums is try one, especially their Anejo or Gran Anejo.
Iceberg is a rum which hails from Canada. Well the brand does anyway, unsurprisingly the actual rum in the bottle is not Canadian.
It is in fact a Demerara rum which is blended with “12,000 year old Iceberg water”. Yeah okay anything you say! It is bottled by the Canadian Iceberg Vodka Company. It has made its way into my home here in the UK via Vikingstad in Norway where AST import it from Canada.
Don Q Anejo is one of the two more “premium” rums available in the UK from Puerto Rican producers Serralles. The Don Q brand has recently been re-vamped and they are actively trying to get a foothold in the UK market, which is currently dominated by another Puerto Rican concern – Bacardi and brands from Diageo such as Captain Morgan.
Don Q Gold along with Don Q Cristal are the entry level rums from rum producer Serralles.
Don Q hails from Puerto Rico, which is perhaps most famous in the rum world for being where Bacardi defected to at the time of the Cuban Revolution.
Don Q as a brand began in 1934 and yes, it is named after Don Quixote. This family ran concern has over 150 years of rum making experience, making its first rum sales in 1865. The Serralles family are currently in their sixth generation of rum making and are headed up by Felix J Serralles Jr. The family originally arrived in Puerto Rico around 1820 and Juan Sebastian Serralles set up the Hacienda Teresa – a sugar cane plantation.
Bristol Classic Rum have certainly increased their portfolio over the past few years. This rum represents an aged expression from the rejuventated Worthy Park Estate.
I was fortunate enough recently to make contact with John Barrett who runs Bristol Classic Rum. So I have a little more information on this rum than what is noted on the bottle.
Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum will be for many the top of the tree in terms of Appleton tasting.
With the Appleton Estate 21 Year Old coming in (depending on how savvy you shop), at just over £100, the 30 Year Old now largely unavailable and the Exclusive only available at the Appleton Distillery, it is unlikely many will make the jump from a £100 rum to the next readily available rum. The 50 Year Old. The £3500 price tag will put off most of you reading this review.