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Skeldon SWR 1978 Velier 27 Year Old

Lot: 001617
Skeldon SWR 1978 Velier 27 Year Old
Skeldon SWR 1978 Velier 27 Year Old
Winning Bid: £4,400.00

Skeldon SWR 1978 Velier 27 Year Old

27 year old
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coffey still

Skeldon SWR 1978 Velier 27 Year Old

One of a series of legendary bottlings from the brief but beautiful period (2004-2015) when Velier owned a small stake in Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), which afforded Luca Gargano privileged access the warehouses and his pick of casks to bottle. Sadly "The Age of Velier Demerara" has passed but the memory of it lives on, encased in glass. 

The Skeldon is a legendary bottle of rum, bottled in 2004.

The little known Skeldon plantation was located on the far east of Guyana, and this was distilled on their Coffey still in 1973. The plantation itself closed in 1960, with its barrels transferred to the now also closed Uitvlugt distillery. There is debate as to whether their Coffey still was also relocated to the Uitvlugt, or if the rum is given its name by the barrel marking SWR, which apparently stands for Skeldon William Ross, founder of the Skeldon Estate and former owner of the barrel. Either way, this occupies a fascinating corner in the history of Caribbean rum.

Following the closure of Uitvlugt in 2000, its stills and barrels were transferred to Diamond distillery. Among them were the 3 barrels that contributed to this rum. These were discovered by Gargano, and having spent an incredible 27 years maturing in tropical weather, were bottled straight away for fear of any further evaporation, or as we like to call it, Angels' Share.

This is one of just 688 bottles released in 2004.

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  • Iridescent residue on glass due to contact with oily substance. This will be cleanable with the appropriate care.
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