In October 2004, Luca visited Guyana and Trinidad to prepare a session of the photographer Fredi Marcarini around rum and the Caribbean. After having visited Angostura, he went to the Caroni Distillery thinking he was still in operation. Arrived in Southern Main Road, the show that appeared in his eyes was like the « day after »: a lady inside told Luca that the state-owned sugar factory (subsidiary of the distillery) was closed due to a Government decision in 2003. The Trinidad Rum Company (Caroni Distillery). And the distillery was already a piece of industrial archeology. Luca asked if there were a few barrels in aging. At this point the lady presented to Luca the liquidator Rudy Moore who, overcoming the dismantled binaries and the tall grass, took him in front of a large warehouse. At the opening of the door appeared a vision that he could not even imagine in the most optimistic dream: hundreds of rum barrels, for sale, of which the oldest were dating back to 1974! On 9 December 2004, Fredi Marcarini went to Trinidad and Rudy Moore gave him the first samples to be taken in Italy. Rums were excellent and so Luca decided to bottle them in full high grade, to keep their balance unaltered. Luca also decided to use, as labels, the same photographs taken by Fredi Marcarini during the trip. These two decisions, that in the end of 2005 seemed reckless, were fundamental to the birth of the « Caroni phenomenon ».
The uniqueness of the 57 Caroni bottlings, vintages and full proof, became a cult and most rare bottlings reached incredibly high values for a rum. All Caroni bottled by other bottlers are aged in continental weather in Europe so the products are completely different and the value in collectors movement are not comparable
Founded in 1923, in the heart of the Caroni plain’s sugarcane plantations, this famed Trinidad distillery was renowed throughout the world for producing one of the very best Rums, receiving high praise from the British Navy. In 2003, with the closing of the nearby state-owned sugarcane refinery, the Trinidad sugarcane production ceased and the distillery was inevitably shut down shortly after. In 2005 we bought all the stock on the island. The Caroni 2000 contains rum distilled and fully matured in Trinidad. The tropical conditions result in a 80% loss of the distilled spirit due to evaporation. To perfectly capture the unique Trinidad Rum character of this closed distillery, the Caroni 2000 has been bottled at 55%. This is the first original edition of Caroni 2000 for the US market
Port Mourant, Forsyths, Hampden and Foursquare: Habitation Velier is the world’s only range of Pure Single Rums from stills and distilleries that are a reference point for aficionados the world over.
The term Pure Single Rum defines a rum from a single distillery, distilled exclusively in pot stills, that is, in traditional discontinuous alembics. This definition comes from the Gargano Rum Classification, by now recognised all over the world and based mainly on the distillation method.
The idea behind the Habitation Velier project is to educate consumers and to promote artisanal distillation and the distiller’s art and techniques. Each expression, with its unique features, embodies an original project, a “world premiere” for each distillery. The range includes white Pure Single Rums, which although still not widely known, are the quintessence of sugar cane and its by-product, molasses.
Today, these white rums provide great inspiration for new generation international mixology. The vintage Pure Single Rums are entirely aged in a tropical climate, which ensures natural, accelerated aging compared to European ageing, at the expense of the quantity produced. All Habitation Velier rums are barrel proof bottled, without cold filtering, and without the addition of caramel or any other element not from distillation.
FORSYTHS WP 2005
Forsyths WP 2005 is the result of the first distillation of Worthy Park Estate after the closing of 1962. So it’s the oldest Worthy Park Estate rum ever. It’s a WPL mark, which means Worthy Park Light, with a low level of congeners, so medium bodied rum, as for usual style of the distillery. Very elegant, similar to a dry single malt whisky, it is aged in ex bourbon casks and bottled in 2016. After 10 years in tropical climate the angel share has been totally more than 64%.
FORSYTHS WP 502 WHITE
Forsyths WP 502 White is a unique version of Worthy Park, the oldest sugar factory in Jamaica, in operation since 1670; with an annexed distillery operating with only one Forsyths double retort pot still.
Exclusively for Habitation Velier range, we have produced an extremely aromatic and powerful rum with a very high level of congeners through a 3-month process of developing yeasts and another 3 weeks of alcoholic fermentation. It developed an impressive number of congeners (502 gr/HLAP) from which the name.
FORSYTHS WP 151 PROOF WHITE
Forsyths WP 151 Proof White is the strong version of Forsyths WP 502 white rum, but diluted higher at 75.5% alcohol by volume, as for long tradition of 151 Proof Jamaican white rums, which made Jamaica famous among rum connoisseurs.
Drinking neat for explosive and unforgettable experiences, or perfect to be mixed in Tiki drinks, as for flavouring ingredients or base. In back label we put skulls and crossbones, so… be careful!
Indigenous cane varieties, non-hybridized, with no chemistry in agriculture. Spontaneous fermentation with no yeast selected, « archaic » distillation, no filtration: Haiti is the last frontier of rum and the « Clairin » are the rum of Haiti. Vanguard world-wide, nobody before Velier had discovered the unthinkable: in all the Caribbean there are 49 operating distilleries, in Haiti only there are 532. Producers are everywhere, often in the middle of the sugar cane fields, mills in wood, stills and fermentation vats that are usually made of oak or mango. For many reasons, due to the lack of industrialization, processes are still ancestral and it should be considered the best cane spirit possible.
The styles of the three producers selected by Velier are the true expressions of four different ‘terroir’. Their four Clairin are always quite different batch per batch, as all natural product. Clairin is the only natural rhum in the world.
The protocole of authentic Clairin as World Heritage of Spirits