Blairmont < B > 1991 Velier 15 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.
Velier's earliest Demerara releases were bottled in 1996, laying the groundwork for what would later become affectionately known as the "Age of Velier's Demerara." This began in earnest in 2004, after Gargano was invited to the Demerara Distillers Ltd warehouses in Guyana to select tropically aged barrels to be bottled by Velier for the first time. The "age" only lasted until 2015, but has an enduring legacy of having indelibly raised the profile of the historic rum stills and marque's of Guyana, which have become some of the most sought after in the world, these Velier releases in particular.
This is a 1991 vintage bottle of the <B> marque, originally produced on a two-column Savalle still at the Blairmont estate on the banks of the Berbice river. The distillery closed in 1962 however, and its still is believed to have been scrapped in the process. Production of the <B> marque was subsequently taken up by Uitvlugt distillery, who replicated it on their four-column French Savalle still instead. This remains the most versatile of the DDL "heritage stills," and currently produced nine different marques at its current home at Diamond distillery.
Velier bottled this from a stock of seven barrels in March 2006. One of 1913 bottles.