Caroni 1996 Velier 23 Year Old Full Proof 2 x 70cl / Tasting Gang & 'The Last Caroni'
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.
The 38th and 39th Caroni release from Velier. The former is a blend of heavy and light April 20198 a blend of 22 of those, from both the heavy and light style produced on the Caroni pot and column still, respectively selected by a panel of 23 Caroni lovers from across Europe. The latter is a blend of 24 barrels of heavy rum, aged in Trinidad until 2008, and Guyana until 2019 when it was bottled
Both are 100% aged in the tropics, the 38th is one of 5083 bottles and 39th is one of 5522.
Shipping will be charged at two bottles on this lot