LONG POND 11 ans 2007 TECC 62,5%
Rum, Jamaica, 70cl, Ref: 55014
Produced through a slow fermentation during which dunder is added, Jamaican rums are extremely heavy and powerful. With a ester content of 1,500 to 1,600 grams per hectolitre of pure alcohol, this cuvée, christened STCE, is one of the many marks produced by the Long Pond distillery. Evoking an Amontillado sherry from start to finish, it is marvellously oxidative. In this exuberant register, the very pleasant reduction found on the nose is also a highlight of the tasting. Magnificent.
Profile : the sophisticated initial nose evokes an Amontillado sherry (apricot, beeswax, almond, chocolate). Allowed to breathe, it becomes tarry and empyreumatic (cedar). The rich attack is heady (geranium), fruity (orange), luscious (bay leaf) and powdery (cocoa). The mid-palate is at once exotic and spicy (ylang-ylang). The finish reveals smoke rings from a powerful Havana cigar. Pulpy and rich (coffee éclair).
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- Appearance : mahogany with glints of green.
- Nose : deep, refined. Evoking an amontillado sherry with its notes of chocolate, almond, walnut, apricot and precious wood (beeswax, leather), the initial nose is deliciously reduced (earth, bacon, truffle). Allowed to breathe, it becomes tarry and empyreumatic (cedar, silver fir). Mango, passion fruit, mustard, ginger and quince jelly further accentuate this sherry resemblance.
- Palate : powerful, rich. With huge presence, the attack is fruity (apricot, orange), heady (geranium, freesia), velvety, medicinal (camphor), luscious (bay leaf, chervil) and powdery (cocoa, root ginger). More vegetal and fibrous, the mid-palate allows sugarcane to express itself. It brings with it tropical flavours of ylang-ylang, coriander, exotic fruits (mango, guava) and vanilla. The very oxidative end of the palate sets off again for Andalusian lands in the true sense of the term.
- Overall : long, rich. At the start of the finish, smoke rings from a powerful Havana cigar waft through the flavour palette. Pulpy, it invites us to bite into particularly juicy fruits (mango, nectarine, apricot, melon). Next, vanilla, chocolate and citrus fruit (orange, mandarin) precede a gently spicy (candied ginger, cinnamon) and rich (coffee éclair, walnut tart) retronasal olfaction. In the empty glass, mango and vanilla appear alongside notes of damp earth and strong spices (star anise).
- The brand
The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges.
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