Velier R.A.S.C. Jamaica Rum 1954 1st Release / 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.
This 2017 limited ediiton was bottled to celebrate the 70th anniversay of the company. Royal Army Service Corps is a Jamaican pure single rum, vatted from wicker-clad stone flagons of the British Royal Navy, filled in 1954. The nine flagons in question were all taken from the private collections of Italian collector, Giuseppe Begnoni, and produced only 58 bottles.
A follow up release in 2020 saw eighteen flagons vatted from both the collections of Luca Gargano and Giuseppe Begnoni.