Caroni 1996 Velier 20 Year Old Guyana Single Cask #5602 / LMDW Trilogy
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 a Trilogy of bottlings for the 60th anniversary of La Maison du Whisky. The other two are Guyana stock blended rum and a Trinidad stock heavy rum.
This is the Guyana stock heavy rum, bottled from a single cask from the warehouses of Demerara Distillers Ltd at Diamond distillery.
Cask #5602 is a pure single heavy Caroni, and was fully matured for 20 years in the tropics.