Caroni 2000 Velier 17 Year Old Single Cask Heavy #R4008 / TWE
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.
A full proof heavy Trinidad rum, distilled at the lost Caroni distillery and fully matured on the Caribbean island.
Distilled in 2000 and aged 17 years before being bottled from single cask #R4008 (imported from Trinidad by Velier), which was specially selected for The Whisky Exchange.
One of only 238 bottles produced at a whopping cask strength of 70.4%.
Unusually for rums of this age, this cask was matured exclusively in Trinidad, where the climate leads to a far higher angel's share and more rapid ageing.
The Angels' Share of this cask was > 75%