Caroni 1998 High Proof

Caroni 1998 High Proof bottle

70cl, 55% ABV

Perfectly balanced, this small batch high proof rum was aged in bourbon barrels. Distilled in 1998 at the now demolished Caroni distillery in Trinidad, this small piece of rum history was bottled in 2014 at 16 years of age. 

Caroni 1998 High Proof bottle

Tasting Notes

Nose

Rich and rounded, with soft brown sugar, banana fritters, caramel and creamy touches. However, hiding underneath are sharper fruity notes - lemon and under ripe apples and pungent rum spirit, estery and sweet.

Palate

Powerful and intensely flavoured, with bitter barrel char and raw sugar cane balanced by layers of sharp and sweet fruit - ripe and unripe banana, apple, freshly sliced pineapple and candied lemon. As it softens on the tongue, spicier notes appear, with sweet nutmeg and cinnamon complemented by cloves and rich earth.

Finish

Long and fruity, with darker charcoal notes and lingering woody spice.

Comment

A powerful rum with more complexity and less sweetness than you might expect. One to spend time over.