More than forty years ago, the paths of the Gargano family and those of Saint James crossed.
The historic and famous Martinique distillery, specialized in high quality agricultural rums, found the right commercial partner in Velier di Gargano to sell its rums.
Luca Gargano's ability to select rums reached its peak with Saint James rums.
St. James 2001 cask strength private Cask Velier is a very high quality rum, distilled from pure sugar cane.
Distilled on September 17, 2001, when the world was traumatized, a few days after September 11, these rum-filled American oak barrels were forgotten until November 26, 2019.
At the beginning of 2019, Marc Sassier, the new president of St James AOC Martinique, and Luca Gargano, president of Velier, chose 4 barrels of rum lying in the distillery's warehouses.
The four barrels contained St. James rum, excellent for aromas and intensity of flavors.
A rum with a history, aged 18 years but still full of life, 50.3 degrees, a rum symbol of rebirth.
The four barrels of agricultural rum were distilled in 2001, then refined in American oak barrels for 18 years.
The aging of Rum St. James brut de Fut 2001 for Velier was carried out in the warehouses of the distillery in Martinique, under the Caribbean sun.
During aging, St. James rum loses 35% of the product.
Distilled in 2001, it was bottled in 2019 at full alcohol content of 50.3 degrees.
Few bottles produced, only 1157, make this rum very coveted by collectors.
All the bottles are numbered on the label ... but it is a detail that is not noticed when, opening the bottle, one is conquered by the aromas of this rum from Martinique, appellation of controlled origin.