Velier Blairmont 1982

87,60

Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Demerara Distillers Ltd
Origin Guyana
Bottler Velier
Type Traditional Rum (artisanal column)
Alcohol By Volume 60,4%
Sugar Measured
Description Aged 29 years in tropical weather, 1 barrel distilled in French Savalle Still in 1982, bottled in February 2011 Marks : B
Review 5

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Review by "Lance" Score: 91

Happy New Year, everyone. 2016 is upon us, I assume everyone is all sobered up, and today we continue our examination of older Veliers...the 1982 Blairmont in this case. I've looked at the 1991 edition before and I thought it was exceptional at the time, but that one was half as old as this lovingly aged monster supposedly taken off the French Savalle still in Guyana (the box may be a misprint unless it was referring to a now destroyed pot still). Both are excellent, though. For those who are interested, Blairmont is a sugar estate on the west bank of the Berbice River in Guyana, founded by Lambert Blair in the early 1800s, and which closed in 1962. I used to pass by the sugar factory in my youth when visiting a cattle ranch nearby. The still from Blairmont -- one of them, at any rate -- was probably transferred to Uitvlugt and thence to Diamond (see Marco's magnificent dissertation on the distilleries of Guyana for more information). Colour - dark amber

Nose: Intense and thrumming with raw power; deep red winey notes, cherries, prunes, figs. Sweetness is kept under strict control, it's lightly salty, redolent of dark fruits, coffee, and an odd twist of cream cheese spread over toasted rye bread, dill and some other unidentifiable grassy notes. "Sumptuous" would not be out of place to describe this amazing nose.

Palate: Initially dry and sere, cardboard and pumpernicklel or other dark breads fresh from the oven. At once musky and clear, reminds me a little of the Skeldon. Flowers and lighter white wine notes, raisins, honey, black grapes, really nicely welded together under the torch of well-controlled oaky notes, which, surprising for this kind of age, don't dominate at all but remain nicely in the background.

Finish: Long and succulent, and an invitation to breathe deep and slow. More grapes, flowers, salt crackers, dark fruit, christmas cake, even a bit of licorice that had gone unnoticed before.

Thoughts: I'm always amazed when a full proof rum manages to rein in its own power and exuberance without scratching your face off, though why I should be surprised with this company after all I've tried from their stocks is a mystery. Short version - a fantastic, old, bold rum, of which far too little was ever made. It's better than the 1991, I think, and one can only sigh with regret that so few remain.

Review by "Cyril" Score: 91

Nose: Un rhum gras, épais, lourd, que dire de plus ? 29 ans de concentration, et une robe ambrée assez soutenue aux reflets cuivrés. Au nez: pour les amateurs du genre, un nez extrêmement riche et collant, et pourtant très doux (à se demander où sont les 60°). Le temps a réalisé son oeuvre, faisant fondre chaque arôme dans un mélange résineux : un nez balsamique, mélangeant des arômes caféinés d'expresso, de raisins, de caramel, de fruits exotiques (banane, abricot, noix de coco), de clou de girofle et de cannelle. Un léger repos fait ressortir les années passées en fût : du chêne, légèrement piquant, de la réglisse et des notes de vieux cuir et de plastique fondu (vernis), avec toujours en fond des fruits exotiques caramélisés, et toujours ce café.

Palate: En bouche: c'est forcément épais et concentré, et le rhum englobe le palais tout entier dès les premieres gouttes, mais avec une certaine douceur : on retrouve le raisin et la noix de coco, le tout caramélisé, grillé, épicé, pour une bouche crémeuse du plus bel effet, qui tranche avec un boisé légèrement amer et salé. Ajoutez-y un coté végétal (herbe verte) qui donne une belle structure à la bouche, et vous avez un rhum qui ne tombe à aucun moment dans la facilité, et qui passe très bien pour 60°. c'est bien équilibré, sucré/salé, fruité/boisé, on ne s'ennuie jamais avec ce Blairmont 82 en bouche, c'est un fait.

Finish: La fin de bouche est longue et plutot sèche, sur les fruits secs toujours, et une amertume apportée par le trio bois/cuir/herbe, et en toute fin, ce petit coté salé qui revient, et même un brin de fraîcheur herbacée (menthe?). 29 ans ça ne s'oublie décidément pas! mais il est loin de faire son âge.

Thoughts: un rhum qui a un sacré pedigree et qui aurait pu vite ressembler à un jus de bois passé, mais en fait pas du tout. Il passe très très bien, et même plutôt facilement, et cela même si les 29 ans laissent forcément des traces de bois, d'amertume, mais aussi de coco, et de fraîcheur végétale qui lui donnent un sérieux coup de peps délivrateur qui modifie toute la dimension gustative du rhum, pour le meilleur, et sans le pire. Pour comparaison, le Blairmont 91 peut faire pâle figure à côté, et même paraître plus boisé. Les 60° passent remarquablement bien et on se régale du début à la fin.

Review by "Serge" Score: 87

Distilled in a French Savalle still (google is your friend). Colour: amber.

Nose: It’s not one of these very rich and sweetish rums. Starts on espresso and sultanas and gets then rather mineral and grassy, with also touches of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar as well as a little putty or plasticine. Also notes of Coca Cola (from a glass bottle) growing bigger and bigger. With water: more balsamico and even ham, beef jerky… More sultanas as well. Quite beautiful.

Palate: Heavy, thick, woody, creamy and not difficult… All kinds of raisins and a little honey, varnish as well as an unexpected saltiness. With water: more cough syrup and more dried fruits. Excellent.

Finish: Long, flawlessly fruity and honeyed/liquoricy.

Thoughts: Warning, this is much too drinkable ;-). Anyway, I like it much more than a Blairmont 1991 that I found too oaky.

Review by "Marco" Score: 80

A rum of the style B, which was once distilled at the Blairmont estate. Of that I was even able to enjoy two bottlings. It was produced in 1982 in Uitvlugt in a French Savalle Still. Colour: Dark amber.

Nose: A stinging adhesive note, garnished with exotic fruits like papayas and bananas flambé dominates the nose. Even subtle coconut can be smelled. The rum has a slightly medicinal touch. Then cinnamon, oak and coffee flavours. Also caramel, toffee, leather and cloves are included in this mix. A very mature rum, but not so extreme as the Skeldons.

Palate: First, a pleasant sweetness, followed by adhesive flavors are flooding the palate. Again I taste coconut, toffee and sweet caramel. Also barrel aromas are recognizable: oak and herbs in the background of the flavor profile. First, the rum is very powerful, but loses power after a few seconds in the mouth. Again cloves and cinnamon. It is minimal bitter. A rum with a light to medium body.

Finish: First minimally bitter oak. This is followed by a vegetable flavour. Again cloves, toffee and caramel. The finish is not very long.

Thoughts: An old rum with a moderate maturity. For me it was a bit too strong. I prefer the younger Blairmont from 1991, also bottled by Velier.

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