Greenheart is a species of tree indigenous to South America which grows in the Guyana and Suriname regions. This hard and moisture-resistant tree, was used in the 17th century to construct alembics, a special type of equipment used to distill rum.

To this date, there are only three wooden alembics left. They once belonged to the Enmore, Port Mourant and Versailles distilleries where they were used in the production of rum. Now, these artifacts of alcohol production are owned by Demerara Distillers. What is more, they are all fully functional, and allow true connoisseurs to enjoy the taste of rum such as it was more than 200 years ago.

Only the finest of rums produced in these wooden alembics will be bottled and included in the Greenheart Collection by Distilia. Our selection is an homage to the traditional methods of rum production in Guyana.

The Port Mourant distillery was founded back in the 19th century. Somewhere between 1813 and 1821, Stephen Mourant began to grow sugar cane on what used to be a cotton plantation. One of the key elements of the production process was the equipment used for distilling molasses, a substance resulting from the refining of sugar. In Port Mourant, this process was accomplished with the use of a double wooden pot still made of the local greenheart wood.

Some sources trace the origins of the distillery back to 1732. According to rum experts, this date was engraved in the metal elements of the alembic used at Port Mourant, which could indicate that the device was older than the distillery itself. This would indicate that the still, or some of its parts, were bought from one of the facilities operating in the Berbice river valley.

First from collection

  • Distillery: Uitvlugt
  • Distillation year: 1989
  • Bottling year: 2021
  • Age: 31YO
  • Alembic type: Double Wooden Pot Still from Port Mourant
  • Limited edition: 218 bottles
  • ABV: 47,3%

Port Mourant

The unique double wooden pot still allowed the Port Mourant distillery to create rums rich in esters, which made the taste even more luxurious, and the aroma even deeper. Soon, Port Mourant became one of the few distilleries to distribute rum to the British Navy. According to the tradition lasting up to 1970, the members of the British Navy were each given 2 ounces of rum a day.

At the turn of the 20th century, the distillery became part of the British Booker Group corporation. In 1955, as one of the last distilleries in Guyana, it had to halt production. However, this was not the end of the Port Mourant-style rums. The wooden alembic survived the closure of the distillery. At first, it was transported to the Albion distillery, and after that to Uitvlugt. Finally, in 2000 it ended up with its current owner, the Diamond Distillery of Demerara Distillers.
The rum we are pleased to present was produced back when the alembic belonged to the Uitvlugt distillery. This liquor matured for 31 years in a bourbon barrel, and is the first of the Greenheart Collection.

 

Tasting notes

91 points
*****
From Port Mourant’s wooden still when it was still at Uitvlugt. Even utter loudmouths/windmills cannot make rum crazier than this. Bla-bla-bla… Colour: amber. Nose: awe and resins, warm waxes, propolis, liquorice lozenges and natural tar liqueurs. This is deep, subtle, solid and heavy, all at the same time. No, it’s sublime. Mouth: heavy oak, heavy pinewood, strong liquorice, cough syrup, mentholy ointments, all-crazy resins, this is the equivalent to JJ Burnell’s hardest basslines with the Stranglers. You may check ‘Another Camden Afternoon’. De nada. Finish: long, liquoricy, with some extraordinary balance between the lime, the mint, the liquorice and the resins. Thirty-one years, mind you! Comments: as a malt lover, I just adore this. Some unbeatable ueber-malternative-y rum.

Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com

Greenheart Collection Port Mourant 1989-2021 31yo 47,3% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Port Mourant 1989-2021 31yo 47,3% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Port Mourant 1989-2021 31yo 47,3% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Port Mourant 1989-2021 31yo 47,3% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Port Mourant 1989-2021 31yo 47,3% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Port Mourant 1989-2021 31yo 47,3% Distilia

Second from collection

  • Distillery: Enmore
  • Distillation year: 1990
  • Bottling year: 2021
  • Age: 30YO
  • Alembic type: Single Wooden Pot Still from Enmore Distillery
  • Limited edition: 235 bottles
  • ABV: 54,2%

Versailles

The world’s last Single Wooden Pot Still originated from the Versailles Estate located on the West Bank of the Demerara River. Years later the still was moved first to Enmore, then to Uitvlugt, and finally to its present home in Diamond.

The very same still created this unique spirit, which was produced when the alembic belonged to the Enmore distillery and after spending 30 years in a barrel, it was introduced as a part of the Greenheart series.

 

Tasting notes

92 points – Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
*****
From the famous single wooden pot still that was located at Enmore when this was distilled. A.F.A.I.K. it had been at Versailles before and was then moved to Enmore, then from Enmore to Diamond. But nothing to do with the French kings, I would suppose… Now I love this very Gallic quote, ‘Has God forgotten all I have done for Him?’ (Louis XIV). Big head indeed, Macron is the same (saying that as an Alsatian). Anyway, back to this Versailles… Colour: straw. Nose: oh, oak shavings, charcoal, coriander, aniseed, fennel seeds, whelks and razorfish, fresh almonds and pears, rye bread, sandalwood, lemongrass… It is all extremely subtle, and indeed some kind of anti-Hampden. I cannot not think of the greatest white Pessacs. Old Laville, if that rings a bell. With water: great news, no changes whatsoever. Takes water like a champ. Sublime. Mouth (neat): but this is sublime indeed! Embrocations, all old kinds of plastics, smoked salmon, kippers, sesame, pine nuts, herbal oils, pine liqueurs, bone-dry herbal liqueur (unsweetened chartreuse), embrocations, cedarwood… My this is endless and a tribute to time. Nothing can beat time. With water: careful with water, other than that, this is perfect soft liquorice with a little mint. We need to bow. Finish: not that long but all these resins and oils are just flabbergasting. This saltiness in the aftertaste very much so as well. Comments: remember, time is a key ingredient to aged spirits, only i****s would deny that and say otherwise. As always, try to figure out who’s profiting from the crime. There.

Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com

Greenheart Collection Versailles 1990-2021 30yo 54,2% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Versailles 1990-2021 30yo 54,2% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Versailles 1990-2021 30yo 54,2% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Versailles 1990-2021 30yo 54,2% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Versailles 1990-2021 30yo 54,2% Distilia
Greenheart Collection Versailles 1990-2021 30yo 54,2% Distilia

Third from collection

  • Distillery: Enmore
  • Distillation year: 1988
  • Bottling year: 2021
  • Age: 32YO
  • Alembic type: Single Wooden Pot Still from Enmore Distillery
  • Limited edition: 175 bottles
  • ABV: 48,2%

Versailles

The world’s last Single Wooden Pot Still originated from the Versailles Estate located on the West Bank of the Demerara River. Years later the still was moved first to Enmore, then to Uitvlugt, and finally to its present home in Diamond.

The very same still created this unique spirit, which was produced when the alembic belonged to the Enmore distillery and after spending 32 years in a barrel, it was introduced as a part of the Greenheart series.

Tasting notes
91 points – Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
******
From the famous single wooden pot still. Thirty-two years, we are really adding up here, are we not? Colour: light gold – incredibly light at 32. Nose: Christmas tree and verbena, with touches of marrow and toasted wholegrain bread. Then sandalwood, bidis, orange peel, shallots, carrot tops, oysters and potpourri. It is the complexity that’s pretty astounding here, even if you do feel that this baby’s going in all directions, more or less. Joyful old rum. Mouth: dry as an Ardbeg and tarry as a Port Ellen. Having said that, no malt whisky could ever get as salty as this, even old Bowmore barrels ‘rolled in the waters to the puffers’. Olives, anchovies, onion soup, miso, toddy. Nothing wrong. Finish: same for a long time. The saltiness is incredible. Onion soup, leek soup, ramson, anchovies in brine… Do we love this! Comments: this make is sometimes called ‘Enmore VSG’. Versailles Distillery/Plantation operated until around 1978 (some say 1968 but there), when their still was moved to Enmore, then to Diamond when Enmore closed in its turn, in 1993. So in theory, you could find Versailles from Versailles, Versailles from Enmore (such as this very one), and Versailles from Diamond.
Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com

Versailles 1988/2021 32yo 48.2% Greenheart Collection Distilia
Versailles 1988/2021 32yo 48.2% Greenheart Collection Distilia
Versailles 1988/2021 32yo 48.2% Greenheart Collection Distilia
Versailles 1988/2021 32yo 48.2% Greenheart Collection Distilia
Versailles 1988/2021 32yo 48.2% Greenheart Collection Distilia
Versailles 1988/2021 32yo 48.2% Greenheart Collection Distilia

Fourth from collection

  • Distillery: Enmore
  • Distillation year: 1994
  • Bottling year: 2022
  • Age: 28YO
  • Alembic type: Single Wooden Pot Still from Enmore Distillery
  • Limited edition: 201 bottles
  • Mark: REV

Versailles

Versailles 1994/2022 28yo Enmore REV Greenheart Collection Distilia

Fifth from collection

  • Distillery: Enmore
  • Distillation year: 1990
  • Bottling year: 2022
  • Age: 31YO
  • Alembic type: Single Wooden Pot Still from Enmore Distillery
  • Limited edition: 227 bottles
  • Mark: MEV

Versailles

Versailles 1990/2022 31yo Enmore MEV Greenheart Collection Distilia

Sixth from collection

  • Distillery: Enmore
  • Distillation year: 1985
  • Bottling year: 2022
  • Age: 36YO
  • Alembic type: Single Wooden Pot Still from Enmore Distillery
  • Limited edition: 101 bottles
  • Mark: MEV

Versailles