pot still (Hampden, Foursquare), coffey column still (Foursquare)
pot still from Foursquare aged 2 years, others in blend unaged
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The liquid leaving the condenser during the distillation process is clear and colorless. You cannot classify the white rum basing solely on color (or being strict lack thereof)/. It doesn't allow reliable inference about raw material, distillation method, aging period, alcohol content or flavor.
It is therefore customary that white rum matures shortly or not at all. The resulting distillate has an aggressive, intensely alcoholic profile that almost dulls the flavor notes. It has been assumed that such rum goes well in drinks and cocktails, which is close to the common division into sipping and mixing categories. This division is not accurate, as the rum should retain its integral properties and keep the quality regardless of its intended use.
The creators of Veritas rum - Foursquare, Hampden, Velier - are united by their affiliation with the Guardians of Rum initiative. Their mission is to preserve the cultural identity by defending traditional, authentic, artisanal practices. The method is the attempt to establish a classification that is readable for the consumer and respected by the competition. In this context, the rum Veritas (Lat. truth) is a manifesto, because it stands in opposition to the cliché rums made from multi-column distillation bring produced on an industrial scale. Veritas doesn't throw down the gauntlet to the competitors, Veritas hits them with it instead.
Veritas is a blend consisting of three components. The Jamaican Hampden delivers unaged Owen Wayne Hussey rum made in double retort pot still. The Barbados distillery Foursquare brings unmatured Coffey column still rum and two-year pot still. The last one provides the drink with a slightly straw-colored color, visually proving the there was no final filtration. The lack of add-ons is at the heart of Guardians of Rum. Thee back label makes it clear 'unsullied by sophistic dosage'.