Caroni 1996 Velier 20 Year Old Single Cask Heavy #R3719 / Giuseppe Begnoni
Established in 1923 on the site of the sugar factory for which it was named, Caroni was a key ingredient of British Navy rations, where it's famous high ester 'Heavy' rums help to make up the signature flavour. Sadly, with the decline of the Trinidadian sugar industry, the Islands distillers became more and more dependent upon imported molasses, making distilling less and less economical. The writing then, was already on the wall when in 2001 the Trinidadian government sold a 49% share in the holding company to Angostura. Caroni was shuttered in 2002 and a behemoth of flavour was lost to the world.
Thankfully, in 2004, Luca Gargano discovered the ossuary of Caroni's warehouses filled with barrels of the legendary heavy rum quietly ageing. Since then we have seen a number of outstanding releases, proving increasingly popular with collectors and drinkers alike.
Distilled in 1996 and aged in Trinidad for 20 years, this is a single cask bottling from barrel #3719.
This is the first of three 1996 single casks bottled exclusively for legendary Italian whisky collector, Giuseppe Begnoni. This one yielded 260 bottles.