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Rum; the leitmotif of the Caribbean Islands has had a long tryst with the isles and her people. One such interesting history is that of the Caroni Rum from the island of Trinidad. Once there were 50 distilleries on Trinidad. By 1950 there were just eight, and today there is only one. But from 1923 till 2003 was the golden rule of the Caroni Rum distillery. Founded in the heart of the Caroni plain's sugarcane plantations, this famed Trinidad distillery was renowned throughout the world for producing one of the finest heavy rums, receiving high praise from the British Navy. In 2003 though, disaster struck. The closing of the nearby state owned sugar refinery resulted in the gradual decline of the Trinidad sugarcane production and it was only a matter of time before the Caroni distillery was shut down shortly after.
The Caroni 12 Year Old bottling contains rum from the 2000 vintage, the last available barrels of 100% Trinidad Rum made from local molasses, distilled and matured for 12 years on the island. The tropical conditions result in a 60% loss of the distilled spirit due to evaporation; the angel's share. To perfectly capture the unique heavy rum character of this closed distillery, the Caroni 12 Year Old has been bottled at 50%. Furthermore, the label reflects an original from 1940 to commemorate the golden age of Trinidad rum. This is indeed a limited stock. It would be prudent to own one even if you are not a regular rum drinker.
Tasting Notes: This deep gold rum has an aroma of charred molasses, a barbeque in your neighbour's garden, vanilla and caramelized ripe bananas. The palate is velvety, has hints of toasted nuts, smoked liquorice, vanilla infused honey, marzipan and delicate spices. It is a heavy bodied rum that has a balanced and harmonious palate, with a long finish. A Caribbean classic.MRP: Rs.8400