Habitation Velier: Privateer

I am excited to be trying this one. Privateer rums in Massachusetts has gained something of a cult following in the US with their unfiltered, unadulterated rums – particularly for their Distiller’s Drawer, single cask offerings, of which they now have 105 listed on their website and I’ve been able to get ahold of precisely….none. I’m not jealous, you are.
Enter Velier. February of this year they selected some casks and have just released them under their Habitation label. Some luck on my part meant that I was able to get a bottle on release day from LMDW for just over £90 and it turned up last week.
President and Head Distiller of Privateer, Maggie Campbell has an awe-inspiring resume; aside from previously working as the assistant distiller at Germain-Robin (a Californian brandy distillery), she also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association and has the role of Judging Director for their annual spirits competition. She’s well worth a follow on Instagram under her superhero name, @halfpintmaggie.

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Foursquare: Sagacity

Latest review: Sagacity from Foursquare distillery in Barbados. Enjoy!

Country: Barbados

Pot & Column Still Blend

Aging: 12 years

ABV: 48%

Review number 2! I’m a little late to the party with this particular one, seeing as how I’m on my second bottle of it…hopefully that’s an indication as to the direction of this review.

Foursquare is a distillery that is very well known to anyone who has started venturing beyond the supermarket aisles in their quest for quality rum. Based in Barbados, this powerhouse of a distillery has been responsible for some of the best expressions of unadulterated rum in the past few years. The Master Distiller, Richard Seale, is the fourth generation scion of RL Seale & Co, originally one of the country’s biggest rum bottlers and exporters. The company purchased a run down sugar factory (with buildings dating back to the 1700’s!) in 1995, renovated it with custom built stills made up with parts from Scotland, Italy (a country which Seale’s long time counterpart from Velier, Luca Gargano, hails from) and Barbados, producing their first rum in 1996.

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