Caroni 1996 Velier 21 Year Old 100 Imperial Proof
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.
This 100 imperial proof edition is a blend of 1996 vintage Caroni rum, aged for 21 years in Trinidad, resulting in a massive 86% loss of liquid to the angels' share.
Shipped to France by Velier in February 2017 and bottled in April that year.
The label is a reproduction of the classic 1940s livery, an homage to the golden age of Trinidad rum.