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A 2005 Guyana vintage from Plantation distilled on the iconic Port Mourant pot still.
Plantation rum should be familiar to most readers. They are not shy when it comes to promoting themselves. Their Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Infused Rum, has been virtually impossible to ignore over the past couple of years.
Eariler this year Demerara Distillers Limited announced some new rums in their El Dorado range. Limited edition releases of rums from single stills. This one is from the Versailles (VSG) still.
It seems that Demerara Distillers have set out a very different direction for their US and European bottlings. Last year the US were treated to a range of wine finished expressions of their flagship 15 Year Old rum. The European market was treated instead to three Rare Collection rums. This Versailles 2002 is one of them.
El Dorado have been hitting the headlines lately with their Rare Collection. This Original Dark Rum is available in the Netherlands (where it is bottled) and it is also listed on the official El Dorado website. However I’d never seen it in the UK until Beers of Europe had a stash of this and a white in a similar style bottle.
When “Premium” Rum is spoken about Velier really should be seen as the pinnacle if any such category really, truly exists. Especially when it comes to Demerara Rum from the Diamond Distillery.
With the luxury of being able to hand pick and barter for his own individual casks from the distillery Luca Gargano has his own unique foothold into Demerara Distillers huge stock of aged rums. Or he did………
Velier are an Italian Independent bottler. One of the few bottlers that focus on rum rather than Whisky. Velier have been setting the standards for independent bottlers since the 1990’s and led by the irrepressible Luca Gargano, they are showing no signs of slowing down.
You are probably wondering (like I was) about the strange name of this rum. Velier or rather Luca individually visits and selects specific casks from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). Then unlike many other independent bottlers the casks remain at DDL to benefit from Tropical ageing. The rum is then brought to England where it is bottled before being sold mostly to mainland Europe.
Banks are probably best known for their 5 and 7 Island Blends. In July 2015 Banks Rums were bought out by Bacardi. What plans Bacardi have for Banks Rum is anyones guess. So far no changes have taken place
This Banks Guyana rum is part of their Limited Edition Connoisseurs Cut range. It should not be confused with the rums from Banks DIH (Demerara Ice House) from Guyana who bottle their own range of rums – XM.
Mezan are a relatively new independent bottler. They are in Marussia Beverages portfolio (which also include’s Doorly’s). I’ve spoken with the firm so hopefully I will be able to ask them more questions etc in the near future. Their website does have a lot of good information though and showcases the brands current line up of rums.
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