CARONI TRINIDAD 20 ans 1998 Dennis X Employees 1st Rel. 69,5%

Rhum De Melasse, Trinidad & Tobago, 70cl, Ref: 55020

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La collection « Employees » rend hommage au personnel de Caroni fondée en 1918 et qui ferma sesportes en 2002. Embouteillée au degré naturel, cette version porte le nom de Dennis Gopaul quitravailla pendant 15 ans au sein de cette distillerie d’Etat. Subtil mélange de puissance et d’élégance,c’est par petites touches, qu’elle incarne le style très caractéristique de ce rum devenu mythique.Ainsi, la palette aromatique et gustative fait cohabiter de manière on ne peut plus harmonieuse desfleurs des champs, des fruits frais et exotiques ou encore de délicieux miels sans oublier les célèbresnotes empyreumatiques d’hydrocarbures qui constituent l’ADN de Caroni.

Profil : Intense et Concentré

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Sourcing actor, importer and exclusive distributor of a portfolio of international brands, La Maison du Whisky is, since 60 years a reference for whisky and spirit lovers. Thanks to our close relationships with producers and independent bottlers, we have access to limited editions and unique products we bring to market exclusively. Curious and creative, we are driven by our passion for products and our desire to constantly bring our clients the latest expressions through our own shops, our website and selected wine retail shops in France.


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Tasting note

  • Nose : Intense et Elégant, fleurs, fruits à noyau (pêche, abricot, mangue), agrumes, épices, miel d’acacia. Belles notes de vapeurs d’essence typiques de chez Caroni.
  • Palate : Riche et concentrée, empyreumatique, notes florales (rose), fruits exotiques mûrs (mangue), gingembre confit.
  • Overall : Longue et Dense, Banane mûre, mirabelles, pêche jaune, réglisse, hydrocarbures, feuilles de tabac.
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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