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CARONI 12 YEAR OLD 100% Trinidad

Rum, Trinite & Tobago 70cl Ref: 16842

Second helpings of this rum are not required in order to guess that it’s a Caroni. The characteristic notes of hot tarmac are a give-away for this millennium small-batch rum produced in a distillery that closed down in 2002. It’s not surprising then that

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Expert Reviews

88 points, Serge Valentin on, 12 October 2012

Tasting note

  • Appearance : burnished gold with glints of copper.
  • Nose : warm, smooth. The first nose reveals nothing more than tarry notes. The second nose opens up onto notes of vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. Extremely refined, it develops into exotic fruit and cardamom. Redolent of a Riesling Vendange Tardive (Late Harve
  • Palate : powerful, full-bodied. The tannins are extremely velvety and brimming with spices (cloves, pink berry). Then, as with the nose, notes of vanilla and chocolate dominate the mid-palate. Heady florals (iris and lily) engulf the palate. The spices then heat u
  • Overall : long, woody. A combination of liquorice sticks, peonies, peppery rose and saffron notes produce a captivating and vivacious finish. The retro-nasal olfaction marks a reappearance of tar. The empty glass is liquorice-flavoured and spicy (star anise).
The brand

The brand

Beginning production in 1918, Caroni was the state distillery of Trinidad. It had access to its own sugar refinery that guaranteed its supply of local cane sugar. Equipped with both column stills and double distillation pot stills, until 2002 it produced “heavy rums” with an individual and noteworthy style. Only rarely producing bottlings under its own label, for a long time the distillery remained known only to a handful of connoisseurs, which gave it a mythical status further enhanced by its closure in 2002 by the Trinidad government. In 2004, the discovery of hundreds of bottles stored away in a bonded warehouse in Trinidad led to the joint purchase of the entire Caroni stock by Velier and La Maison du Whisky and to the bottling of various rare years which were then sold in limited editions and quickly gained cult status. This veritable and unique treasure lead to the production of a 12 year old Caroni. Despite its already respectable age, this completely new and historic bottling will be the last version of Caroni to be bottled so young.


The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges.

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