Caroni 1998 Velier 20 Year Old Full Proof Heavy / Dennis 'X' Gopaul
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 of 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.
This is part of the Caroni Employees series from Velier, and honours Dennis 'X' Gopaul, who worked there from 1988 until its closure in 2003.
One of 1151 bottles produced from a stock of barrels selected by Luca Gargano and Olivier Sears in 2018.