CARONI TRINIDAD 20 ans 1998 Dennis X Employees 1st Rel. 69,5%
Rhum De Melasse, Trinidad & Tobago, 70cl, Ref: 55020
The Employees collection pays tribute to the staff of Caroni, a distillery founded in 1918 that closed in 2002. Bottled at cask strength, this version bears the name of Dennis Gopaul, who worked at the state-owned distillery for 15 years. A subtle blend of power and elegance, it is the little details that make it a very characteristic example of this now legendary rum. The palette of flavours and aromas brings together, in complete harmony, wildflower, fresh fruit, exotic fruit and delicious honeys, along with the famous empyreumatic notes of hydrocarbon for which Caroni is renowned.
Profile: the elegant initial nose at first reveals stone fruits and citrus fruits. Allowed to breathe,it becomes more animal and spicy. The concentrated attack is empyreumatic (tarmac, liquorice) and medicinal (balm). The mid-palate is floral (rose petal, old rose). The dense finish is characterized by notes of artichoke heart and Mirabelle plum. Quickly, however, it becomes volcanic (lava, ash) and animal (Russian leather).
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- Appearance : copper with glints of old gold.
- Nose : intense and elegant. The particularly floral (dandelion, daisy) initial nose is at first dominated by stone fruits (peach, apricot, mango) and citrus fruits (orange, mandarin). Allowed to breathe, it becomes more animal (bacon, Swiss dried beef). Next, coated in delicious honeys (lime blossom, acacia), it is revealed to be spicy too (pepper, cinnamon). Gradually, heady florals (reseda, iris) rear their head. At this point, the entire aromatic palette is enveloped in petrol fumes.
- Palate : rich, concentrated. Differing greatly from the nose, the palate unashamedly announces it empyreumatic (tarmac, liquorice, benzoin) and medicinal (tiger balm, mustard poultice) qualities. More obliging, the mid-palate takes on very distinguished floral flavours (rose petal, old rose, wisteria). At the end of the palate, liquorice and vanilla envelop ripe fruit (mango, apricot, orange). Finally, gentian root and candied ginger beautifully punctuate the finish.
- Overall : long, dense. Artichoke notes bring lost of smooth ruggedness to the start of the finish, while Mirabelle plum and yellow plum emphasize its fruity character. Quickly, however, the Caroni's volcanic temperament gains the upper hand. Lava and ash literally roll across the palate. On the retronasal olfaction, very ripe banana and gentian form a very well-balanced sweet and sour duo. The empty glass wavers between tobacco, liquorice, curry and Russian leather.
- 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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Penou L. the 20/03/2019
Que dire c'est un Caroni de 20 ans dont les anges ont déjà picolé plus de 78% :)