We love nerding out with passionate people about particular products. To celebrate the Habitation Velier line's arrival, Kate Perry, rum expert, former GM of Seattle's Rumba, and now North American Market Manager for La Maison & Velier, graciously let our own rum devotee, Patrick Smith, pepper her with questions. Get informed and thirsty!
Plantation has long been known for their uncanny ability to source incredible rums, releasing them in both blends or single varietals for aficionado and layman alike. In 2018 we are fortunate to get a new addition to their permanent line up with theXaymaca(pronounced zay-muck-uh) Special Dry release.
Getting back into rum production after a 45 year hiatus, the Worthy Park distillery first began releasing rum again under the Rum-Bar label in Jamaica in 2007. Although the US has gotten hints of what they've been up to through independent bottlers (if you've had Hamilton Jamaican, The Funk, or Doctor Bird, you've had Worthy Park), the company was waiting for their first premium bottling to mature before they made their official debut.
Attention all amateur and professional rum fans! With the much anticipated launch of La Maison & Velier in the United States comes their coveted Clairin releases. For the uninitiated, Clairin (meaning “clear” in the native Haitian Creole) may seem like a standard unaged rum but is really much more. There is so much culture and terroir in this juice that it deserves recognition and understanding of what this spirit is and how it came to be.
Deep in the juniper jungles of gin country, broaching the borders of the known map of gin flavors, live the treasures only known as the cult gins. The intrepid gin-splorers who ventrue to lift the veil of mystery surrounding these mystic bottles are often rewarded with some of the most flavorful and unique gins out there.