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Diamond 16 years 1996 Velier SSN Casks n°8404-8405-8407 - One of 828 - bottled 2012

  • 63.40% |
  • 0.70L

A Diamond 16 year old distilled in 1996 in the distillery’s metal Coffey still and bottled in 2012. This is a limited edition of 828 bottles blended from three casks. Velier was founded in Genoa by Casimir Chaix in 1947. It was originally a small, family-run business specializing in the import and d…More info

  • Distillery: Diamond
  • Appellation: Rhum, Very Old Demerara Rum
  • Country/Region: Guyana, Guyana, Demerara-Mahaica
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • State: 1 good appearance

Lot presentation
Diamond 16 years 1996 Velier SSN Casks n°8404-8405-8407 - One of 828 - bottled 2012

Cuvée presentation

A Diamond 16 year old distilled in 1996 in the distillery’s metal Coffey still and bottled in 2012. This is a limited edition of 828 bottles blended from three casks. Velier was founded in Genoa by Casimir Chaix in 1947. It was originally a small, family-run business specializing in the import and distribution of wine and spirits. Luca Gargano, a former representative for Saint James and serious rum collector and enthusiast, bought the business in 1986 and began bottling whisky first in 1992 and then rum in 1996. It was in 1996 that Gargano bottled his first Demerara rums. In 2004, Gargano was invited to Guyana to select casks by his friend Yesu Persaud, then the CEO of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). This partnership ended in 2015 when Persaud retired, but the rums bottled in the meantime became legendary. The same can be said for the Caroni casks he bought in 2005, two years after the distillery closed, following a visit to Trinidad with Fredi Marcarini the previous year to take photos. These two lines of bottlings built the renown of Velier, today also known for its work in other parts of the Caribbean, such as Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and Marie-Galante. Rums selected by Velier are only ever aged in a tropical climate, which explains both their concentration and the high angels’ share. They are generally bottled at cask strength or just below.

The distillery Diamond

The Diamond estate was founded in 1670 on the banks of the Demerara River. The distillery, Guyana’‘s last, is now owned by Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), a business created by the government when it nationalized the country’‘s distilleries in 1974. These distilleries closed one after the other and Diamond recovered their famous wooden stills, with a double still from Port Mourant, a four-column Savalle still from Uitvlugt, a single still from Versailles and a Coffey still from Enmore. Diamond itself is produced in a two-column metal Coffey still installed in the 1950s. After selling to brokers, merchants and blenders for many years, DDL finally launched its own brand, El Dorado, in 1992, featuring bottlings that blend or highlight the rums produced by the distillery’‘s different stills.

Detailed characteristics

  • Distillery: Diamond
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Bottler: Velier
  • Age: 16 years
  • Appellation: Very Old Demerara Rum
  • Country/Region: Guyana, Guyana, Demerara-Mahaica
  • Alcohol percentage: 63.40 %
  • Volume: 0.70L
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • State: 1 good appearance
  • Case: Yes
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Color: Brown
Diamond 16 years 1996 Velier SSN Casks n°8404-8405-8407 - One of 828 - bottled 2012
Diamond 16 years 1996 Velier SSN Casks n°8404-8405-8407 - One of 828 - bottled 2012

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Diamond 16 years 1996 Velier SSN Casks n°8404-8405-8407 - One of 828 - bottled 2012

iDealwine Price(1) corresponds to the hammer price and the buyer's premium charged by the auctioneer. (1)Bottle format