Rum Nook: Evaluation 103 – Velier Blairmont 1991 15 yr previous

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One more priceless and unobtainable gem from Velier

Being again from “the useless” I assumed I’ld begin out with one thing acquainted and someting previous. So with out additional ado, from the vaults of every thing that’s uncommon and virtually forgotten, in the present day I’ve discovered the Velier Blairmont 1991.

I’ve solely heard of two bottlings from the french savalle
nonetheless of Blairmont. This one, and the much more uncommon and illusive Velier
Blairmont 1982.

No different Blairmont has been bottled in current reminiscence, so we’re dealing
with one thing very distinctive.

With the 1991 Velier managed to bottle 7 barrels ensuing
in 1.913 bottles of treasured 56% nectar marked with .
I don’t suppose I’ll be going into extra element with this one.
For those who want extra data on Velier or the stills and heritage of the
Demerara stills, please confer with the same old sources of lore. Hyperlinks on the backside.


By now there isn’t a lot cause to explain the Velier
expression intimately. Everyone knows how they give the impression of being.
This time the black monolith of a bottle, is flanked by an
off white field with navy blue particulars. The blue packing containers comprise the same old particulars
about origin, ABV and such trivial particulars wanted to determine the treasure
When lastly launched into your glass, you might be handled with
a heat copper colored liquid, which begs to be twirled.
Whenever you do, a thick ring materialises, and transforms into
many, many droplets, which slowly edge in the direction of the floor of the pool of rum
contained in the glass.


It begins out robust with full and wealthy notes of oak and
apricot jam.
The subsequent stage consists of caramel with a touch of nail
polish remover.
After the acetone leaves, a cloud of nuttiness ascends with
hazelnuts and almonds.
Simply as you suppose you might be achieved, the ultimate swan tune is made by
comfortable, moist pipe tobacco.
Regardless of the considerably excessive ABV, your snout isn’t getting
pummeled too badly, however it is vitally clear, that this isn’t your common 40%’er.


Quite a lot of the nostril notes are again for an encore. Particularly
on the entrance, the place you discover numerous comfortable oaks and caramel.
However digging beneath that, you discover a beautiful fruityness, with
numerous apricots, candy oranges, black grapes and ripe bananas.
Following within the tracks of the fruit, is that acquainted peppery
prickle on the tongue.
Within the background the previous, moist pipe tobacco lingers, alongside
with some previous automobile tires.
Though it’s fairly good, it isn’t a really clean rum. It
does have a tough, tough facet to it, which I haven’t incountered in lots of different
Velier rums earlier than. Really the one one I can consider is the Enmore 1995.


Getting used to those full proofs occurring endlessly, I used to be
fairly disillusioned concerning the reasonably shortish end dominated by heat, oak spice
and smoke.
As the heat subsides, the fruityness evident on the palate
is in for a reprise, sweetening issues up a bit. However manner too quickly it’s over
and solely a slight peppery sting and distant vapors of caramel is left.

Score and ultimate

One other superb rum from Velier. Little question about it.
Nevertheless it isn’t fairly as stellar as others I’ve
beforehand reviewed.
It’s a bit too heavy on the oak and just a little too tough and
brief on the end.
This 56% Blairmont 1991 truly feels extra aggressive than
the 63,4% Diamond 1996 and a 73% Cadenheads I attempted lately. For me that
signifies that the proof is nowhere close to as effectively built-in because it may have
been. Maybe the unique distillate simply wasn’t ok to defend an ABV
this excessive.
But once more it doesn’t make sense to speak worth of this rum.
You received’t be capable to discover it simply, and if a bottle ought to emerge on eBay or
different comparable websites, it received’t be low-cost, that’s for certain.
I do not know what a bottle of Blairmont will value you
in the present day, however should you discover it for lower than €400 you might be allowed to contemplate
your self a fortunate bastard.
As soon as once more a a number of hundred euro price ticket, offers you a
entire lot of different choices. I am not going to recommendation you to get this in any respect prices. There’s loads of different fish within the sea.
For those who already acquired all of these, then I’d recommendation you to
strive different issues. Don’t maintain your breath for this one. As a result of earlier than you discover
a bottle, your rum journey might have progressed past some of these rum

There isn’t a denying the standard of this product, however I really feel
that maybe I’ve grown accustomed to the normally impeccable character of
different Velier merchandise.

In comparison with different Velier rums, the Blairmont 1991 could also be a smidgen much less nice, however we’re speaking nosehairs. The rating reveals, that that is nonetheless a great bottle of rum.

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