LONG POND STC@E White Habitation Velier 62,5%

Rum, Jamaica, 70cl, Ref: 55016

With a fairly high ester content of 550 to 700 grams per hectolitre of pure alcohol, this cuvée, christened STCE, is one of the many marks produced by the Long Pond distillery. The very uneven relief of the flavour and aroma palette of this Habitation Velier perfectly brings out the elegant and powerful character of a very natural spirit. The contrast between the energy of its medicinal notes and the body of its fruit is in this respect resoundingly frank.

Profile: the clear initial nose is spicy (clove) and medicinal (camphor). Allowed to breathe, it becomes vanilla, lemony and mentholated. The dynamic attack is then medicinal. The very fruity (pear, peach) mid-palate is remarkably well-balanced. The deep finish is juicy (pear), spicy and floral (orange tree). Gradually, cane sugar spreads across the taste buds.

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  • Appearance : clear.
  • Nose : lively, clear. At first particularly spicy (clove, nutmeg), the initial nose quickly becomes medicinal (ointment, camphor). This very striking introduction sets the tone for the tasting. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of vanilla, coconut milk, lime and white mint. Gradually, vanilla pod and fresh walnut bring it even more flesh and substance. The heady aromatic palette is punctuated by vetiver, clove and iris.
  • Palate : sharp, dynamic. Amplifying the medicinal character of the nose, the attack is very slender. Coconut milk and vanilla successfully commit to bringing a certain unctuousness. The very fruity (pear, peach, Mirabelle plum) mid-palate is extremely juicy. In its own way, it restores balance to the flavour palette. The end of the palate is nobly spicy (saffron, cinnamon), liquorice and chocolatey (cocoa bean).
  • Overall : long, deep. Very dense, almost fleshy, the finish invites us to bite into the juicy pears and peaches revealed on the mid-palate. Next, curry, tobacco leaves and orange blossom coat the taste buds. The very end of the palate is characterized by notes of candied lemon, grapefruit and freshly cut sugarcane. The retronasal olfaction bursts with cane sugar. Whilst revealing artichoke heart, the empty glass is at once floral (geranium) and exotic (lichee).
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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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Ce projet est né de la collaboration entre Luca Gargano, propriétaire et président de la maison Velier et les meilleurs distillateurs de rhums utilisant des alambics pot still, donnant ainsi naissance au Pure Single Rum, une catégorie d’excellence. Encore peu connus, ils sont l’expression la plus pure de la canne à sucre et de ses dérivés (mélasse). Riches en arômes, forts en degrés, les rhums blancs Pure Single Rum représentent une nouvelle génération de spiritueux pour les passionnés. Les rhums vieux quant à eux incarnent la quintessence de l’interaction entre le bois et la complexité de la distillation discontinue.
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