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WIRD 1986 Samaroli / Millennium Celebration

Lot: 6032851

WIRD 1986 Samaroli / Millennium Celebration

Winning Bid: £708

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Lot:
Distillery: 
West India Rum Distillery
Age: 
n/a
Vintage: 
1986
Region: 
Barbados
Bottler: 
Samaroli
Cask Type: 
N/A
Bottled Strength: 
57%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
Production method: 
column still
Base: 
molasses
product Details

WIRD 1986 Samaroli / Millennium Celebration

The West India Rum Distillery, more commonly referred to by the acronym, WIRD, is a historic distillery in Barbados that has been producing rum since the 19th century. It currently operates four still sets, two of which are four-column stills. The newest of them is Canadian made, and the older one installed by English coppersmiths, John Dore, in 1975. The other two are pot stills, both connected to vintage rectifying columns, the oldest of which dates back to 1893. In the later 20th century the distillery was best known for its Cockspur rum brand, and in 1985 became one of the founding partners in National Rums of Jamaica, the holding company that owns Long Pond and a share of Clarendon. In 2017 however, Cockspur was sold off to a company called Woodland Radicle as WIRD was acquired by Maison Ferrand, a cognac producer established in 1989. The company had branched out into gin-making in 1995, and its purchase of WIRD completed its journey from independent rum bottler to distillers, following the introduction of its acclaimed Plantation Rum label in 2003.

A 1986 vintage rum from the West India Rum Distillery in Barbados. Bottled in 1999 to celebrate the coming of the new millennium year.

Samaroli is perhaps Italy's most revered independent bottler of Scotch whisky. With an impeccable taste in single cask whiskies, and an eye for aesthetics (if not English spelling at times!), he is regarded by many as a visionary. Many of his bottles now occupy deserved sports on the pantheon of whisky greats, and their rum output under the tenure of Antonio Bleve is increasingly revered as well.

 

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