The Barrel Sample: Port Mourant White – Habitation Velier

Part of the Habitation Velier range which consists of unique, pure pot still distillates from around the Carribean.

As the name suggests, my sample of rum was distilled at Diamond Distillery, Guyana, in the legendary Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still. With a congener level of 537.59 gr/lAA, it’s molasses based, (wooden) pot still distilled and bottled at 59% ABV free of any meddling. Nice and simple.

On the nose this is gorgeous, both elegant and powerful. White cacao liqueur, liquorice and ink, similar to the aroma of a freshly printed piece of paper. Coconut cream, a bit of custard and banana flambeed in nail varnish. Pink grapefruit zest, dusty cardboard and white pepper. Very aromatic and inviting.

On the palate is spicy and creamy. Old cardboard, the good ol’ liquorice is still there going strong, white chocolate, white flour and tobacco. The lack of ageing is quite obvious as the rum stings the palate a bit, although I’m enjoying it. Pink grapefruit again, yellow apples, fresh butter, banana bread, white grapes all seasoned with white pepper. Basil leaves in the background as well. The finish is quite long carried by the ABV with dried plums and ground coffee.

Conclusion: I’m dissapointed with myself that I didn’t get myself a bottle when it was on the market. At £65 a bottle I would’ve happily spent the money to have some raw Port Mourant in my collection and ocassionaly blow someone’s mind regarding white rums.

Port Mourant White – Habitation Velier score:
Flavour/taste: 58/70
Value for money: 13/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 86/100


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