Poisson Pere Labat 2010 Velier Rhum Vieux / 70th Anniversary
The origins of the Poisson distillery trace back to 1863 when Catherine Poisson decided to open a sugar factory on the estate which she had purchased a few years prior. The profitability of sugar dwindled towards the end of the century though, and the estate was sold to Edoard Rameaux, who promptly acquired a Creole column still and built the Poisson distillery. He named his rum after Jean-Baptiste Labat, a 17th century French clergyman known as Pere Labat, well-remembered on Guadeloupe for introducing pioneering methods in sugar production. Poisson is the smallest of the producers on the Marie Galante island of the Guadeloupe archipelago, producing agricole rum on its over 100 year old copper column still in small and increasingly sought after batches.
Distilled in 2010, this Pere Labat rum and was bottled in February 2017 from casks #105 and #106 by Velier in celebration of their 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.