Mount Gilboa 2008 Velier 9 Year Old / 70th Anniversary
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.
Distilled in 2008 at Mount Gay distillery, this was bottled in 2017 to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary. The label features the artwork #108 by Warren Khong. It is a barrel proof 9 year old single rum, blended from 3 ex-French brandy casks.
The oldest surviving deed for the Mount Gay distillery in Barbados dates back to 1703, making it the oldest commercial rum producer in the world. A 280-acre estate in the Saint Lucy parish, Mount Gay was originally called Mount Gilboa, but was renamed in 1801 after Sir John Gay Alleyne, who had managed it for owner, John Sober, since 1747. The estate was bought by Aubrey Fitz-Osbert Ward in 1918, and remained in his family until the death of his son in 1989. Majority ownership then passed to French giants, Remy Cointreau, with the Ward’s selling their remaining shares in 2014. Mount Gay is a single blended rum, producing distillates on both continuous column stills and pot stills, some of which are now over 100 years old.
Mount Gilboa was introduced by Frank Ward in 2006, and takes its name from the original name of the plantation. The brand was unusual for Bajan rum in that it is a pure single rum (produced using only pot stills), and unusual for rum in general in that it is triple distilled.