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By the 1990’s,

By the 1990s, La Maison du Whisky’s catalogue already included a number of rums, mainly rhum agricoles, as well as a handful of independent bottlings from British Guiana. The latter being a little more extreme, they struggled to find their place in the French market, which was more accustomed to the white rhum agricole found in supermarkets and a small number of aged versions sold by specialist retailers.

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NEISSON 2013
XO Full Proof

Martinique, Rhum Agricole – 57.4%, 70cl
Limited edition of 65 bottles
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NEISSON
Profil 62

Martinique, Rhum Agricole – 49.2%, 70cl
Virgin Oak Barrel
Limited edition of 900 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Founded in,

by Jean Neisson and his brother Adrien, the Neisson distillery is located in the Carbet commune in the north of Martinique, A trained engineer, Jean dedicated his life to perfecting the art of distillation. In 1952, he bought a copper Savalle still which he set about adapting himself to aid him in this pursuit.

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Bally

is one of the oldest distilleries on Martinique. Located in Carbet, near Mount Pelée, the estate and habitation date from the mid-18th century. In 1917, it was bought by engineer Jacques Bally, who built his own column still, improved the equipment and expanded the estate. He was responsible for the first cask-aged rhum agricoles. He also designed Bally’s two famous bottles (one triangular, the other square).

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BALLY 2006
Small Batch Brut de Fût

Martinique, Rhum Agricole – 57.5%, 70cl
Limited edition of 798 bottles
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BALLY EDITION
Art Deco # 2

Martinique, Rhum Agricole – 43.5%, 70cl
Vintage 1999, 2006 & 2007
Limited edition of 1600 bottles
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Guadeloupe

is another leading appellation for rhum agricole. Founded in 1895, the Espérance distillery is the oldest on the island still in operation. Located in Domaine du Marquisat de SainteMarie, it produces Longueteau rum from the surrounding fields of blue and red cane sugar.

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KARUKERA 12 YO 2009
Ex-Cognac Cask

Guadeloupe, Rhum Agricole – 57%, 70cl
Cask #194 – Cognac Cask
Limited edition of 203 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

KARUKERA 6 YO 2014
Ex-Brandy de Sherry

Guadeloupe, Rhum Agricole – 64.9%, 70cl
Cask #10R12N1 – Sherry Brandy Cask
Limited edition of 122 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

RHUM RHUM
Liberation 2020

Marie Galante, Rhum Agricole – 58.4%, 70cl
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RHUM RHUM
Liberation 2020

Marie Galante, Rhum Agricole – 45%, 70cl
LMDW Exclusive

Like all great producers, Capovilla is a true enthusiast and always on the look out for new experiences. Won over by the variety, these two visionaries decided to set themselves the challenge of producing “the best rhum agricole in the world”. The project was launched in 2005. Capovilla set up a Müller pot still in Marie-Galante. He decided to use red sugar cane and B47.259, both endemic varieties that are harvested by hand. The distillery practices long fermentations lasting five to six days and double distillation in a bain-marie.

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Located in Saint-André,

in the north-west of Etang de BoisRouge, on Réunion Island, Savanna is one of very few distilleries able to produce both rhum agricole and molasses-based rum. Originally, all of its production was designed for bulk sale. In the 1980s, however, the new director Laurent Broc revolutionized the distillery.

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SAVANNA Traditionnel
6 YO TH2

Ile de la Réunion, Rhum Traditionnel – 55.9%, 50cl
Cask #714 – Cognac Cask
Limited edition of 725 bottles
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Located in Saint-Pierre,

in the south of Réunion Island, Isautier has been a family-run distillery for six generations. Founded in 1832, it is the oldest distillery still operating on the island. Like Savanna, Isautier produces both molasses-based rum and rhum agricole. In addition to its two column stills, it is equipped with a small pot still which is now used solely for its flavoured rums, another of its great specialities.

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ISAUTIER
Agricole 16 YO

Île de la Réunion, Rhum Agricole – 65%, 70cl
Lot #16/17 – Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 536 bottles
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ISAUTIER
Traditionnel 16 YO

Île de la Réunion, Rhum Traditionnel – 65%, 70cl
Lot #38 – Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 575 bottles
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Caroni,

Like Port Ellen and Karuizawa in the whisky world, has that very special aura of all now-legendary closed distilleries. Caroni was a former State distillery in Trinidad and Tobago that had been active since 1918, and closed in 2001. Three years later, Luca Gargano discovered the rum during a trip to the country and fell under its spell. In 2006, he bought part of the remaining stock that was still maturing on site. A few years later, La Maison du Whisky teamed up with Velier to buy the last remaining barrels. Importantly, the casks where not taken to Europe, where the angels’ share—i.e. the evaporation rate during maturation— would on average have been five times lower than in the Caribbean.

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CARONI 25 YO 1996
Employees United

Trinidad & Tobago, Molasses Rum – 66.6%, 70cl
Small Batch of 4 casks
Limited edition of 754 bottles
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CARONI 25 YO 1996
Mahesh Bridgelal Employees

Trinidad & Tobago, Molasses Rum – 64.6%, 70cl
Small Batch of 4 casks
Limited edition of 689 bottles
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CARONI 25 YO 1996
Ricky Seeharack Employees

Trinidad & Tobago, Molasses Rum – 66.2%, 70cl
Small Batch of 4 casks
Limited edition of 630 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Alexandre Gabriel,

is a well-known figure in the spirits business who not only helped revolutionize the world of rum but also enabled La Maison du Whisky to embark on a new adventure in the French market. The expressions found in the Plantation range have been selected from across the world and have taken quite a journey for their maturation: initially matured in their homeland, they then continued to age during transit and finally also in Cognac, in the cellars of Maison Ferrand, where Alexandre Gabriel also produces Ferrand cognac and Citadelle gin. Ageing the rum in several stages like this brings it beautiful texture and lots of body. La Maison du Whisky has worked with Plantation since 2010.

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PLANTATION
Saint Lucia 2010

Saint Lucia, Molasses Rum – 53.2%, 70cl
Bourbon Cask & Cognac Cask Finish
Limited edition of 312 bottles
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PLANTATION
Hampden HJF 2002

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 70.3%, 70cl
Bourbon Cask & Cognac Cask Finish
Limited edition of 354 bottles
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PLANTATION
Clarendon MMW 1994

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 65.4%, 70cl
Bourbon Cask & Cognac Cask Finish
Limited edition of 354 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Launched in 2005,

the Habitation Velier range is in the heart of the new classification system for rum created by Luca Gargano. At the time, there were few regulations for the category and an unfortunate lack of transparency. It was possible to both sweeten and colour a rum without disclosing this to consumers, and to use an age statement that in reality referred to only the oldest rum in the blend.

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LONG POND 2005 STCE

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 65%, 70cl
Cask #26 – Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 328 bottles
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LONG POND 2010 STCE

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 60%, 70cl
Cask #16 – Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 331 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

TAKAMAKA 3 YO 2018

Seychelles, Pure Cane Juice Rum – 60.8%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1150 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

TAKAMAKA BLANC

Seychelles, Pure Cane Juice Rum – 69%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1200 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

In this catalogue, we also present two expressions from the Trois Frères distillery, the oldest distillery in the Seychelles. Located on the island of Mahé in La Plaine St André, it produces a rum called Takamaka using two pot stills and one column still. The pot stills are used mainly to bring out the rum’s aromas, while the column still helps rectify the spirit’s purity. The two traditional rums selected by La Maison du Whisky — one a white rum, the other an aged rum — are among the first versions to be distilled solely in the distillery’s pot stills.

“Each showcases the still used to produce the rum in question”

En 2013,

Luca Gargano created his fi rst blend, Papalin, produced from a Cuban rum, a Venezuelan rum and a smaller quantity of Caroni. Most rums selected by Velier are rare and exclusive products designed for tasting. Nonetheless, Luca Gargano has also ensured he can cater to a broader clientèle, without ever compromising on quality.

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PAPALIN 7 YO

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 47%, 70cl
Limited edition of 6000 bottles
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PAPALIN 7 YO Navy Proof

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 57.18%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1200 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

BEENLEIGH 13 YO 2006
Tropical Ageing

Australia, Molasses Rum – 59%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1100 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

BEENLEIGH 5 YO 2015
Desert Ageing

Australia, Molasses Rum – 59%, 70cl
Limited edition of 800 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Found in 1884,

Beenleigh is the oldest distillery in Australia still in operation. It produces rum from molasses selected exclusively from family-run farms across the country. The rum is distilled in a double-distillation vat still. The spirit is then aged in casks previously used for Australian brandy, creating a traditional rum with a very fruity and unique style that immediately diff ers from its Caribbean cousins on the first nose.

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True explorer

of the modern age, Luca Gargano is also a passionate photographer who loves capturing the essence of the present moment. Through his reports, words and works, he tells stories of his travels all around the world, discovering the most secret rum distilleries or the furthest reaches of Africa.

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The thirst of exploration

of Luca Gargano has repeatedly led him to introduce the world to many littleknown and sometimes almost-extinct distilleries. In 2013, on a trip to Haiti, he encountered a number of produces of traditional Clairin.
Clairin is not exactly rum but instead in its own category, and produced from wild cane sugar juice that is fermented without artificial yeasts and distilled in traditional craft stills. The result is a very aromatic white spirit that is immediately recognizable on the first nose.

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“bring traditional Clairin to the rest of the world”

La Maison & Velier,

after falling for the quality of the Cristalline cane sugar variety that grows in Haiti, decided to produce a Pure Single Rum on the island. They were assisted in the endeavour by the Barbancourt-Linge family, local partners who help us bottle and store the Clairins. Together, in 2018, we built a micro-distillery named simply Distillerie de Port-au-Prince.

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PROVIDENCE Dunder & Syrup

Haïti, Pure Cane Juice Rum – 57%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1533 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

In 2017,

when Luca Gargano made his first visit to Hampden in Trelawny, north-east Jamaica, he discovered a place where time seemed to have stood still since its creation in 1753. Operating for more than 250 years, the distillery’s philosophy is built on five clearly identified foundations: the pure and local water source, use of native yeasts for fermentation, distillation exclusively in pot stills, maturation entirely in a tropical climate, and the complete absence of sweeteners and artificial colouring. The result is a rum like no other on the planet.

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HAMPDEN Pagos Sherry

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 60%, 70cl
Sherry Cask
Limited edition of 1200 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

HAMPDEN Great House Distillery
Edition 2021

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 55%, 70cl
Virgin Oak Barrel
Limited edition of 2400 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

ARHUMATIC Jamrock

Jamaica, Rum Punch – 35%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1200 bottles

Since it was established,

La Maison du Whisky has always been interested in both the major spirits categories and new market trends. It is no surprise, then, that we fi nd ourselves drawn to rum punch, a category that has undergone huge growth over the last ten years. This traditional product from the French West Indies and Réunion Island has taken mainland France by storm, notably through very natural expressions produced by macerating fresh fruit in white agricole rum.

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Founded in 1670,

Worthy Park has produced rum since 1710, making it Jamaica’s oldest distillery. It was mothballed in 1950 until 2005. When the distillery reopened, Velier tried to get in contact, hoping to buy some of its casks but never received a reply. In 2011, with the distillery still little-known to the general public, Luca Gargano finally visited the site. A close partnership between the two companies was born.

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WORTHY PARK 2005 WPL

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 54%, 70cl
Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 270 bottles
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WORTHY PARK 2007 WPM

Jamaica, Molasses Rum – 56%, 70cl
Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 270 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Since 2020,

La Maison du Whisky has distributed Waterford, the Irish whiskey created by Mark Reynier, a key figure in the whisky industry (cf page 54). For more than ten years, Reynier had also dreamt of producing his own rum. In 2015, he visited Grenada and decided to build a brand new distillery there.

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RENEGADE New Bacolet

Grenada, Pure Cane Juice Rum – 50%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1632 bottles
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RENEGADE Pearls

Grenada, Pure Cane Juice Rum – 50%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1632 bottles
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Discover the portrait of the Renegade distillery

Founded in 2011

in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on the East Coast of the United States, the Privateer distillery was created in honour of America’s rum pioneers. In the second half of the 18th century, Andrew Cabot, a privateer in charge of a fleet of 25 ships, was one of the first Americans to distil his own rum.

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PRIVATEER The Conquest of Origins P530

USA, Molasses Rum – 55%, 70cl
Single Barrel #530 – Virgin Oak Barrel
Limited edition of 240 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

“organic molasses from Guatemala, which is fermented naturally”

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd in the United Kingdom, is best known for its selection of wine available at its historic store at No. 3 St James Street. In France, it is for its second job as a fine spirits producer and bottler that La Maison du Whisky has imported its products since 2005. Although whisky has been in its DNA since the start (cf. page 42), Berry Bros has also sold rum for many years, mainly produced in the British style in the Caribbean. The more exotic Fidji 2009 selected this year reflects the fruity style also found in various Australian rums.

FIDJI 11 YO 2009

Fiji, Molasses Rum – 58%, 70cl
Cask #33 – Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 149 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

TRINIDAD 20 YO 2001

Trinidad & Tobago, Molasses Rum – 65.6%, 70cl
Cask #TD01TML7 – Bourbon Cask
Limited edition of 250 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

As in the whisky world, a huge number of rum bottlers exist, regularly releasing small limited editions and single casks. La Maison du Whisky is one of these. Throughout the year we select casks bottled for ranges such as Rum of the World and the Transcontinental Rum Line. In 2019, we bought four barrels of rum from Trinidad. At the time, they had been matured for 17 years on the archipelago.

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Discover the Rums selection

The following origins