Caroni 23 Year 1996 The Last Rum

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Caroni 23 Year 1996 The Last 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”.

The last multi-cask blended bottling in the vast stock discovered by Luca Gargano on 9 December 2004, this version, composed only of “heavy” rums, is a blend of 24 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%. To really appreciate the splendour of this Caroni, make sure to breathe in the dried extracts emanating from the empty glass long after the tasting. With exceptional richness and complexity, they represent the fourth stage in a tasting that takes us deep into the night.

The rich initial nose is like a painting of oranges placed on a bed of asphalt. Moving further into this tarry register, it is saturated with mineral notes (schist). Gradually, exotic fruits (passion fruit) and dark chocolate emerge from an ocean of molten lava. The ethereal attack is exotic (mango) and tarry. The jammy (marmalade) end of the palate is also floral (jasmine). The assertive finish is like smoking a cigar. A resplendent note of ripe banana appears at the very end of the palate.

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: 61.9%% / 700ml

$599.99 inc. GST

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Caroni 23 Year 1996 The Last 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.

Caroni 23 Year 1996 The Last Rum was bottled by Velier.

Weight 1.5 kg

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