Rum Nook: Assessment 103 – Velier Blairmont 1991 15 12 months outdated

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Yet one more priceless and unobtainable gem from Velier

Being again from “the lifeless” I assumed I’ld begin out with one thing acquainted and someting outdated. So with out additional ado, from the vaults of all the pieces that’s uncommon and nearly forgotten, at the moment 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 valuable 56% nectar marked with .
I don’t suppose I’ll be going into extra element with this one.
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By now there isn’t a lot motive to explain the Velier
expression intimately. Everyone knows how they appear.
This time the black monolith of a bottle, is flanked by an
off white field with navy blue particulars. The blue bins include the standard particulars
about origin, ABV and such trivial particulars wanted to determine the treasure
When lastly launched into your glass, you’re 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 splash of nail
polish remover.
After the acetone leaves, a cloud of nuttiness ascends with
hazelnuts and almonds.
Simply as you suppose you’re achieved, the ultimate swan track is made by
mushy, moist pipe tobacco.
Regardless of the considerably excessive ABV, your snout isn’t getting
pummeled too badly, however it is extremely clear, that this isn’t your common 40%’er.


Lots of the nostril notes are again for an encore. Particularly
on the entrance, the place you discover plenty of mushy oaks and caramel.
However digging beneath that, you discover a pretty fruityness, with
plenty of 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Within the background the outdated, moist pipe tobacco lingers, alongside
with some outdated automobile tires.
Though it’s fairly good, it isn’t a really clean rum. It
does have a tough, tough aspect to it, which I haven’t incountered in lots of different
Velier rums earlier than. Truly the one one I can consider is the Enmore 1995.


Getting used to those full proofs occurring without end, I used to be
fairly upset in regards to 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 method 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 doubt 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 a bit too tough and
brief on the end.
This 56% Blairmont 1991 really feels extra aggressive than
the 63,4% Diamond 1996 and a 73% Cadenheads I attempted just 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 related websites, it received’t be low cost, that’s for certain.
I don’t know what a bottle of Blairmont will price you
at the moment, however in case you discover it for lower than €400 you’re allowed to contemplate
your self a fortunate bastard.
As soon as once more a a number of hundred euro price ticket, offers you a
complete 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.
In the event you already received 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 these kind of rum

There isn’t any 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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