Antigua 2012 Velier Catch of the Day Single Cask Heavy / 70th Anniversary
The only remaining rum distillery on the island, Antigua Distillers Ltd (ADL) was established in 1929 by a cooperative of local rum shop owners who were looking to control the production of their stock. The distillery was built three years later, on the unfortunately named Rat Island in St John’s Harbour. Operating a four-column copper Savalle still, the rum was blended and bottled by each shop under their own labels. Their first collaborative product was the Cavalier Antigua label in 1947, which set the scene for the now widely distributed English Harbour brand, facilitated by the replacement of the old Savalle still with a new three-column still from John Dore in 1991.
Catch of the Day was a 2018 addition to Velier's range of incredible rums, and was distilled at Antigua Distillery; the home of English Harbour. Luca Gargano selected 27 'special casks' that had an unusually high level of congeners; 218 g/hlpa to be precise. This special 70th anniversary bottling is drawn from just one of them, barrel #2598.
Velier was founded by Casimir Chaix in Genoa in 1947 as a wine and spirits importer and distributor. By the 1980s they were still a small family-company with less than ten staff. This all changed in 1986 when it was purchased by Luca Gargano, a former brand ambassador for Saint James who was at the time still in his twenties. Under his direction, they selected their first single cask whiskies in 1992, and their first rum in 1996. In the decades that followed, Velier have gone on to become one of the most collectible brands in the industry, and Gargano has positioned them as the one of the foremost authorities and bottlers of rum anywhere in the world.