Rum Nook: Evaluation 100 – Velier UF30E 1985 27 12 months previous

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A singularity within the universe of rum.


Welcome to the longest single evaluate I’ve written thus far. This being my evaluate quantity #100 I believed I ought to do one thing particular.

And fret not, it is one other Velier! Ta-daa. Shocked? No? Properly, anyway…

I’ve been wanting ahead to doing this evaluate since April
2014. That was the time when my rum journey took an enormous flip for the higher and extra thrilling
(and economically dismal).

At the moment I made a decision to go manner exterior my regular rum
consolation zone – each in fashion, power and value.

Having completely no concept of what I used to be entering into, besides
for what I may learn on Lance’s web site, I additionally had no concept which one to decide on
as my first.

All of them simply seemed so superior, so I began roaming
worldwide net retailers to search out the rums, I had been studying about and to see
what was truly accessible.

After discovering a number of retailers with Velier rums on their cabinets, for
some purpose this explicit rum simply spoke to me in a particular manner.

After a protracted, onerous weighing of professionals and cons, I lastly gathered my private and
economical braveness, punched in my bank card particulars, determined to not look
again and immediately become a child ready for Christmas.
When it confirmed up, it was positioned on a shelf subsequent to the remaining
of my (at the moment) very small rum assortment, however after flirting with it for a
couple of days, I made a decision to open it.

I needed to discover out what was so particular
about these Velier merchandise and see if I used to be 40% boy or a cask power man (No disrespect to all you 40% boys on the market, however cask power is simply extra badass).

May it actually be that a lot better than all the opposite nice
rums I had tried thus far – stuff like the Diplomatico ResEx, the El Dorado 15, the Quorhum 30 and a number of other
others from roughly the identical league.
After attempting it, I used to be hooked. Velier was now ceaselessly burned
into my frontal lobe, and it might push my rum journey into new waters. Waters
which I’m very grateful to nonetheless be crusing in immediately.
Once I lastly began writing about rum, I used to be just a little
reluctant to jot down in regards to the UF30E, as a result of as a lot because it meant to my rum
journey, I used to be additionally just a little awe-struck with it. And that made me procrastinate
this evaluate for fairly some time. Very like the Skeldon 73, which I had standing round (the pattern anyway) for a really very long time earlier than even contemplating opening it.

I one way or the other felt that I needed to collect just a little extra expertise earlier than I used to be prepared.

However now the time has lastly come. Oh sure, time has come.

With that journey down reminiscence lane, we at the moment are again within the current
taking a look at one other good-looking piece of Gargano magic.
Bottled in 2012, we’re coping with a 27 12 months previous Uitvlugt
rum. The title refers back to the actual area the sugarcane behind this rum was harvested
from. The Uitvlugt Discipline #30 East. Or so the students of Velier rums proclaim.
And that’s tremendous by me. Sounds believable sufficient anyway.

814 bottles very made, subsequent to none are left and I am unhappy to say that I managed to purchase option to
few of them earlier than they disappeared.

No extra introduction. On to extra fascinating issues. However
first, a barely boring intermezzo.


As soon as once more the standard stoic Velier Demerara expression.
A sturdy card board field in inexperienced and yellow colors.
All the knowledge you want is correct there on the field.
The bottle can be acquainted. The opaque, black mastodon we
have gotten so used to, when coping with Velier.
Entrance label is an actual reproduction of the knowledge on the
field, and on the again, the often little Italian candy speak. Together with the
”>90% angels share”. That is severe rum.
Inside we discover an exquisite darkish brown colored liquid, which
leaves a skinny, skinny coating of the within of the glass. Twirling solely creates
a barely seen ring on the high, which transforms into many, many small dots,
which crawl slowly down.


Pulling the cork, you must brace your self, because the
fumes begin to assault your sense instantly. One thing big is coming. You’ll be able to inform already when pouring
this factor.

Removed from the glass, a scrumptious odor is noticeable, and when
shifting nearer, it simply will get increasingly highly effective.

Big, wealthy, voluptuous molasses. Like a burlesque dancer
getting into the stage
Draped in fats honey and liquid liquorice, which flows round
the molasses core, like a fog of deliciousness.
A cornucopia of dried dates and figs, in addition to prunes and big,
juicy raisins.
Beneath all of it a ground of soppy oaks with just a little tannic
sting and a carpet of candy cinnamon rolls.
Completely gorgeous and it makes an effort to not make it troublesome so that you can simply decide it aside.


Getting into the mouth it presents itself in a manner, which isn’t
seen fairly often.
First it introduces itself with big molasses,
liquorice and juice raisins.

Then with out warning it units of a thermonuclear bomb of warmth and flavours.

At first, the preliminary trinity of flavours expands violently.

Then huge, intense heat, which assist the whole
expression to develop to a dimension, the place you suppose it’ll be an excessive amount of, and your mouth (and probably your face)
would possibly explode.
The primary 4-5 occasions I attempted this rum, I gave in, needed to
cough and let in just a little air. I merely couldn’t comprise it. It’s that vast a
flavour bomb.
However after I lastly realized management it, it simply acquired
mindblowingly lovely.
The trinity was nonetheless there, however then got here an added layer of
candy marmalades created from cherries, apricots, blackberries and raspberries.
Then spice. Cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and white pepper.
Considering that it couldn’t get any deeper, I used to be stunned by
a layer of leather-based and smoke, earlier than realising there was additionally some actually juice
inexperienced apples and even just a little orange in there.
Getting nearer to the top, some honey and roasted oak so as to add
one other dimension, with simply sufficient tannic chew to make it just a little dry.

After which, on the very backside of this insane dive, the dried
fruits extravaganza from the nostril.

Thoughts blowing. This must be among the many high 5 issues I ever
tasted. Not simply rums, however everyting edible or drinkable by people.


Once I first tried this rum, I had a tough time believing how
lengthy the end was. It simply goes on ceaselessly.
The massive explosion slowly dies out, but it surely takes its
time because it has to undergo all of the flavour layers of the palate as soon as extra.
I’m not going to repeat all of them. However let me simply say, that
you’re handled with a fading reprise of each single scent and flavour
offered to you thus far.
When the fade stops simply wanting a whole disappearance,
you’re left with such a pleasing aftertaste of candy liquorice, comfortable oak and blackberry
jam, that you just actually don’t need to eat or drink anything so long as it’s

And it’ll keep there for lengthy. 15-20 minutes go by in a
hurry while you sit again and savour the second after downing your first sip. Exhaling by means of the nostril you’ll reintroduce just a little warmth, which makes the expertise appear longer lasting.

It’s simply so tasty, so lovely, that you may’t actually be
disturbed. And also you mustn’t.
A rum of this magnitude deserves numerous consideration,
presence and respect. Particularly when considering that this is perhaps an period lengthy gone.
Oh yeah, and by the best way, it is a 60,7% rum. I completely
forgot to say that, because the power is so extremely effectively built-in, that you will
by no means actually discover it. Other than the nuclear explosion of flavours that’s.

Score and ultimate

Contemplating that this was my first cask power rum and my
first Velier, I may have carried out worse. Coming to consider it, I’m unsure I
may have carried out a lot better at the moment.

It has maybe advanced into the head of rum for me. One
of the best possible issues I ever tasted. And within the rum world, maybe rivalled solely by the Skeldon 73 thus far.
For me, the UF30E could be very a lot on par with the Skeldon 73, and even perhaps a tiny smidgen higher. It’s
a rattling shut name, that’s for certain.
Worth for cash is just not actually related right here. First, you will have
to discover a bottle. Then, you must pony up greater than a thousand euros for one (the final one I noticed went for €1500).
There’s a threshold for certain, however regardless of how a lot you pay for this child,
you’re in all probability going to really feel that’s was a cut price, when you get to style it.
It completely blew my thoughts after I first tried it. It has blown my
thoughts numerous occasions since then. It has blown the minds of all people I shared
it with. And it nonetheless blows my thoughts immediately, greater than 2 years since I first purchased
it (thanks, who ever advised me to separate my bottle into smaller bottles
as soon as I opened it!).
It is a really extraordinary rum.

I hope that this
meagre piece of writing will find yourself on the desk of the DDL CEO, and that he truly
takes discover, and stops destroying his historical rums by mixing them into the sugarbombs of
ED21 and ED25. Please cease doing that, DDL! Each time you try this, Child Rum-Jesus cries!

As an alternative, it is best to create rums like this.

Actual rums. Pure rums. Wonderful rums. Rums that may stay on
within the recollections of the numerous rum lovers on the market. Rums which might be spoken of with awe and respect lengthy after they’ve vanished from shops and collections and grow to be mere ghosts of a time lengthy gone. Rums which can enter the legacy
of rum, and in the end assist make the spirit simply as big and prestigious as
whisky and cognac.

I do know that DDL put out the Uncommon Assortment line of rums just lately, however they’re nonetheless not on par with bottles like this one. Not even shut.

That is an incredible rum past all purpose, and I don’t possess an satisfactory vocabulary to do it sufficient justice. It’s stellar. It has no
mentionable flaws. It’s on no account informal. It chuckles at your expectations
earlier than simply exceeding them by mild years.

It truly is a singularity within the spirits universe. It’s manner off
the charts.
Maybe that’s what the end result needs to be. Or a minimum of someplace within the neighborhood of absolute perfection. That
requires a…

Score: 96/100



Take into account this: Once I first acquired a bottle of this, it had been available on the market for practically two years together with numerous different Velier rums in a worth vary of the Diplomatico Ambassador, Havana Membership 15, Abuelo Centuria or two bottles of (pardon my french) fucking Zacapa Black Label!

Please clarify to me how rums like these survived greater than two years within the retailers?!

At this time they might promote out in mere hours and even minutes after being launched and at a worth two and even thrice as excessive. Rum actually has advanced in the previous few years!

Phrase depend

“Are you certain that is your longest single evaluate to this point? I am fairly certain that the Skeldon 73-review can be fairly lengthy.” – you might suppose.

And you’ll be proper. The Skeldon 73 evaluate was additionally fairly lengthy.

It contained 8.682 characters excluding areas and line breaks, making up 1.946 phrases.

However this evaluate comprises 8.765 excluding areas and line breaks, which makes up 1.983 phrases, making this the longest single Rum Nook evaluate to this point.

The El Dorado Uncommon Assortment being vastly the longest with its 16.975 characters and three.793 phrases.

(In all equity the “phrase counting-paragraph” has not been included within the character and phrase depend).

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