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CARONI 23 ans 1994 Guyana Full Proof Sans Etui 59%

Rhum De Melasse, Trinidad & Tobago, 70cl, Ref: 53119

With exceptional telluric power, this venerable 23-year- old is guaranteed to leave you lost for words! Caroni to the tip of its toes, it is a stunning example of just how well this unique rum ages. The hydrocarbon notes that continually gain in power are, to say the least, an incredible testament to this. Its fruity register has also considerably developed over time, notably allowing strawberry and raspberry to appear in an aromatic and gustatory palette that burgeons with exoticism.

Profile: the rich initial nose reveals notes of hydrocarbon, tarmac, camphor and cane sugar. Allowed to breathe, it becomes exotic (mango) and spicy (ginger). The heady attack perfectly reproduces the initial nose. The mid-palate is floral (geranium) and fruity (Mirabelle plum). Notes of salted butter caramel. Marked by red fruit, the luxurious finish falls in line with the nose and palate.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : mahogany with coppery glints.
  • Nose : rich, lush. Notes of hydrocarbon, tarmac, diesel, sleet, other more medicinal notes (balm, camphor), molasses, cane sugar, balsamic vinegar... these are just some of the immediate offerings of the initial nose. Allowed to breathe, oranges and mangos highlight the fruity side of its character. Once this interlude has concluded, it lingers with notes of beeswax, liquorice stick, grated ginger, asphalt and rubber.
  • Palate : full-bodied, heady. Like the nose, notes of hydrocarbon initially clamber their way through the start of the palate. On the mid-palate, heady florals (geranium, tuberose) fill the atmosphere whilst a thin layer of salted butter caramel covers the palate. Stewed fruit (Mirabelle plum, apple, greengage plum) brings lots of freshness and creaminess to the end of the palate.
  • Overall : long, luxurious. The notes of hydrocarbon have lost none of their intensity - quite the contrary. And yet, free rein is given to red (strawberry, raspberry) and exotic fruits (pomegranate, persimmon). The retro-nasal olfaction evokes sugar cane, cane sugar and molasses. Artichoke heart notes that verge on agave. The empty glass is oily (olive), liquorice (zan liquorice sweets), empyreumatic (burnt wood) and spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg).
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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