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UITVLUGT SP-ICBU 1988 17 YEARS OLD 52,9% VELIER

LOT R-1280

WINNING BID
9000,00
The results do not include buyer's premium
7920,00 GBP *
9630,00 USD *
12960,00 CAD *
75420,00 HKD *
100530,00 SEK *
12870,00 SGD *
13950,00 AUD *
294300,00 TWD *
1273050,00 JPY *

Ended on 09 JAN 2023

* Exchange rates are referred to the auction ending date

LOT INFORMATION
DISTILLERY | BRAND
UITVLUGT
AGE
17
VINTAGE
1988
COUNTRY
GUYANA
BOTTLER
VELIER
CLIMATE AGING
TROPICAL
BASE
MOLASSES
BOTTLE SIZE
70 CL
STRENGTH
52,9%
NUMBER OF BOTTLES
1091
PRODUCTION METHOD
SAVALLE STILL
DESCRIPTION

Distilled in Savalle Still on April 1988, aged 17 years in tropics and bottled at full proof in April 2005, this is part of the legendary collaboration between Velier and Demerara Distillers LTD.

 

One of only 1091 bottles.

 

The Uitvlugt distillery was founded around 1750 in the homonymous town of British Guyana on the banks of Demerara river. At that time protectorate of Holland, it takes its name from Ignatius Uitvlugt, a rich Dutch planter, who owned an enormous sugar plantation. The rapid nationalization of the sugar factories and their distilleries in 1974, with the consequent flight of foreign capital, created tremendous management difficulties, which led the Government to decide to dismantle the various distilleries, leaving only one active.

 

Originally operating double wooden pot stills, these were replaced by a four column French Savalle still in 1920s. In 1950s Port Mourant distillery was also dismantled by Government’s decision and its double wooden pot still, transferred to Uitvlugt. In 1994, the Enmore distillery suffered the same fate and its EHP wooden coffey still and Versailles single wooden pot still, were also moved to Uitvlugt.

 

The Uitvlugt distillery closed at the end of 1999 and its precious stills, know to date as the “Heritage Stills”, transferred to Demerara Distillers ltd. The unique mark used to identify Uitvlugt rum is ICBU, acronym for Ignatius Charles Bourda Uitvlugt. 

 

THE BRAND

Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), founded in 1983 as result of the merger between Diamond Liquors (Diamond Distillery) and Guyana Distillers (Uitvlugt Distillery), and currently owned by the Government of Guyana, is the only distillery still operating in the country, and owner of the largest stock of old rums in the world, which currently produces the El Dorado rum line and other excellent selections.Located near the capital Georgetown, it can rely on the highest quality of molasses, thanks to a territory that represents one of the last still unspoiled paradises, almost entirely covered in virgin Amazonian forest.Before World War II, there were still 9 distilleries active within Guyana, but after the war, 8 of them were closed by government decision.

 

Thanks to the farsightedness of Yesu Persaud, legendary president of the DDL, their incredible historical heritage represented by centuries-old alembics, has come down to us. All the alembics were transferred to the DDL, and to date 13 of them are still operating including 3 double columns Coffey still ‘Tricanada', 2 modern multiple columns of Indian technology, 2 savalle still, 1 wooden double pot still (Port Mourant), 1 wooden single pot (Versailles), 1 wooden Coffey column (Enmore), 1 Wedderburn style copper still, 1 traditional copper still and 1 small gin still batch.

 

And the meeting between Yesu Persaud and Luca Gargano, patron of Velier, will lead in the collaboration that has marked a milestone in the history of rum.

 

The big turning point came when Yesu Persaud agreed to sell a part of the DDL stock to Luca Gargano, giving him the opportunity to be the only one in the world to date, to be able to select among thousands of barrels of the "Warehouse n.1", the warehouse with the most precious ones. And just that selection made arrive to present days, among the others, bottles from alembics that we thought we’d lost forever, giving life to what is melancholy defined as "The Age of Velier’s Demerara".

 

A short but intense collaboration, which gave birth to a legendary series of which this incredible rum is part of.

 

THE BOTTLER

Velier was founded by the Chaix family in Genova in 1947 as a small traditional company specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, a young Luca Gargano, former brand ambassador for Saint James at that time, acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began spacialising in the importation of outstanding spirits exclusively destinated to the Italian market. By the early 90s Luca heard about a legendary stock of Saint James rum dating back probably to 1885 and bottled in 1952. After a complex negotiation, he finally managed to acquire the entire stock. This was only the first of a list of legendary selections to come in the following years.



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