Caroni, Tasting Gang 1996, Trinidad Rum

Caroni, 1996

RRP £370

This 23-year-old rum from Caroni distillery is something of a unicorn in the world of distilled spirits. Caroni was built in 1923 in Trinidad and used both column and pot stills for spirit production, with a leaning towards a distinctively heavier spirit style, famed for its patronage by the British Navy. In 2001, it was sold by the government to Angostura, before being closed in 2002. Remaining stocks were rescued by independent bottler Luca Gargano, and this expression was constructed by a panel of 23 Caroni experts, resulting in a complex rum that gives a nose of pine resin, newly woven Moroccan carpets and ginger. The palate is big and oily, with lots of summer fruits, blackcurrant toffee, chocolate fondant, Mars bars, coffee and cigar boxes. The finish offers marshmallow, s’mores, figs, dates and coconut. 


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Tasted by

Joel Harrison

UK Stockist