Takamaka 2018 Habitation Velier 3 Year Old
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.
More than just a bottler of rum, Luca Gargano is considered a visionary in the cane spirits industry, even developing his own classification for different styles of rum in 2015. Many distilleries have since adopted this. Among the classifications is "pure single rum," which denotes a spirit produced on pot stills at a single distillery. This Habitation Velier range is a celebration of these rums "which best expresses the raw material and the know-how of the distiller."
This is a cane juice rum from the pot stills at Trois Frere's distillery in the Seychelles.
The Trois Frere’s distillery officially opened in 2002, a d’Offay family project run by brothers Bernard and Richard, and their father, Robert. The project was inspired by the latter’s father’s involvement with producing the local Creole speciality in the Seychelles, Rum Arrangé (a liqueur of macerated leaves, fruit, seeds, bark and other ingredients, sweetened with cane syrup). Originally the distillery produced rum using freshly squeezed cane juice, sourcing the raw materials locally and distilling it on a pair of hybrid pot stills. In 2020, they added a column still and began importing molasses from the sugar industry in the Indian Ocean. The distillery bottles both styles under its Takamaka brand, and also imports 8 year old Bajan rum from Foursquare to use in its blends.
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