Long Pond STC❤E 2005 Cambridge 13 Year Old
Founded in 1753, Long Pond distillery is located in the Trelawny parish of Jamaica, which is also home to the Hampden Estate. Its modern history begins in the 1940s, when Seagram chief, Samuel Bronfman, bought the distillery from the Jamaican government and began to produce the Captain Morgan brand there. When Seagram was dissolved in the early 2000s, Diageo bought Captain Morgan and moved production to Clarendon. Long Pond became part of National Rum of Jamaica, a firm established in 1985 and currently part-owned by the Jamaican government, Demerara Distillers in Guyana, and Maison Ferrand in France. Long Pond produces rum using both John Dore pot stills and a Blair column still. Its output is highly regarded, and stock shortages caused by its closure between 2012-2017, and a fire in 2018 mean it is becoming increasingly sought after.
This is part of the National Rums of Jamaica collaboration with European distributors, La Maison & Velier. A 2005 vintage, it was distilled at Long Pond distillery and is a reproduction of the "STC❤E" cask mark used at Cambridge Estate distillery, which closed in 1947.
This is a Continental Flavoured style rum, one of four classifications used in Jamaica, identifying rums with 700/1600 gr/hlpa. The STC❤E mark specifically refers to rums with 550/700 gr/hlpa.
Bottled from a stock of 11 barrels distilled in the double retort pot still, this was fully aged for 13 years in the tropics with an angels' share of 63% leaving enough for 3648 bottles.