Albion AN 1994 Velier 17 Year Old
One of a series of legendary bottlings from the brief but beautiful period (2004-2015) when Velier owned a small stake in Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), which afforded Luca Gargano privileged access the warehouses and his pick of casks to bottle. Sadly "The Age of Velier Demerara" has passed but the memory of it lives on, encased in glass.
Distilled in Guyana at Uitvlugt distillery in 1994, this was bottled in February 2011 from four casks by Velier, #7100, #7101, #7102, #7103.
Interestingly the label states the spirit filled in to the four casks was distilled in a Wooden Continuous Still. While the Albion distillery did indeed have such a still, when they closed in 1968 it was not transferred to the Uitlvugt distillery, who opted instead for the Four Column Savalle Still to make the 'Albion style' rums. The wooden continuous still at Uitvlugt in 1994 was from the Enmore distillery, which closed the year before. The cask marks on the four used by Velier is a "AN," generally regarded as the mark for "true" Albion rums from its operating days. It is likely that the Enmore still was used here in order to obtain a rum closer in characteristics to the pre-Uitvlugt Albion style.
Uitvlugt closed in 2000, with all of its still now operated by Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL) at Diamond distillery.