Caroni 23 Year 1996 Tasting Gang Rum

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Caroni 23 Year 1996 Tasting Gang Rum was produced at the legendary distillery of Caroni, equipped with both pot stills and column stills, and until 2002 Caroni produced very original “heavy rums”.

Composed of “light” and “heavy” rums, Caroni 23 Year 1996 Tasting Gang Rum selected on 12 April 2019 by 23 Caroni experts is a blend of 22 casks. It was aged until 2008 on the archipelago of Trinidad and Tobago, before continuing its maturation in Guyana between 2008 and 2019. During these 23 years, the angel’s share reached 85%. Finding perfect balance between its light and heavy rums, this Caroni reveals a palette of flavours and aromas rich in fruity, floral nuances, as well as the very unique and instantly recognizable style typical of this iconic rum.

The complex initial nose wavers between orange zest, diesel, dried fig and exotic fruit (mango, persimmon). Allowed to breathe, cane sugar and molasses spread across the palate before more medicinal notes appear (camphor). The concentrated attack is herbaceous (straw, bulrush) and mineral (hydrocarbon). The mouthfeel on the mid-palate is incredibly delicate. The lightly tannic finish is deliciously rich (rum baba), spicy (clove) and characterised by Caroni’s iconic notes.

We’re pleased to be able to offer an allocation of what is unquestionably a true collector’s and connoisseur’s delight.


Classification: Traditional Rum (Traditional Column Still Distillation)
Country: Trinidad
Aged: 23 years
Distillery: Caroni Distillery (now closed)
ABV: 63.5%% / 700ml

$685.00 inc. GST

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Caroni 23 Year 1996 Tasting Gang Rum was produced by the famed and now long closed Trinidad Distillery.

While the Caribbean has a long history of rum, a significant part of this history has been irretrievably lost. Trinidad once boasted more than 50 distilleries. The number dwindled to eight by the 1950s and now only Angostura remains.

The decline was mostly due to the demise of the local sugar industry (Trinidad now imports molasses for rum production). This increasingly rare bottling represents a small part of that era.

The Caroni Estate Distillery (est. 1918), closed in 2003 and is now sadly, demolished. It was built on the site of an old sugar factory and for a period supplied rums to the British Navy. At the time, there were some eight to ten other sugar factories operating, each producing different types (and qualities) of rums, bought up by merchants and sold to rum shops all over the island. Caroni gradually increased the quality of its distilling process, moving on from its original cast iron still to a wooden coffey still, until 1945 when they acquired a copper still which was followed by a single column in 1957 and then a four column Gerb Herman still in 1980. Rums from the estate gained a reputation for being particularly heavy and flavoursome.

The Caroni 23 Year 1996 Tasting Gang Rum was bottled by Velier.

Weight 1.5 kg

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