Caroni Employees

The Employee series by the Italian bottler Velier wants to honour the former workers of the Caroni distillery. I really like the idea and Velier obviously knows just too well how important it is to provide us little pieces like these which make the myth, heck, the legend, live on. The mysteries around the distillery…

Velier Caroni 1996 17YO: HP vs FP

It’s Caroni time again. If you’ve followed this little blog from the very beginning you’ll know that this is where it all started. And surprise surprise, this is where we will go back to time and again. Today we will have a look at the 1996 17YO twin release by Velier. The Bottlings These two…

Bristol Caroni Sherrywood 10YO: 43% versus 46%

Today we’re having something special for you! For the first time on this blog, you will not only get my impression, but also that of another rum blogger I respect a lot. I am talking about our Belgian friend from Liège (so almost German basically), Roger Caroni! The idea goes back to when he was…

Caroni – Five Bottlers & Vintages (1994-1998)

Today’s tasting features Caronis by five different bottlers and from five different vintages, with some modest uncertainty as you are about to see. In theory, they should  span the years from 1994 to 1998. I’ll do my best to provide a comparison with other rums of the respective vintages as much as possible. Origin R Caroni…

Caroni 1999

1999 is another Caroni vintage which we didn’t get from either Bristol or Velier, who acquired the largest stocks of Caroni barrels at the auctions in 2008. What does that mean? Chances are high that these rums have been sold as bulk back then and should thus be continental aged. Since no artificial colouring has…

Kill Devil Caroni 1998 18YO

Today we have the second rum from the Caroni 1998 December batch by a bottler which I have not reviewed so far. It is the Kill Devil Caroni 1998 18YO. The Bottling Kill Devil is the rum line of Hunter Laing, a renowned independent bottler of Scotch Whisky. Hunter Laing’s history dates back to 1949,…

Cadenhead’s Caroni “HTR” 1998 18YO

We’ve had mostly cross-tastings lately and while I prefer this way of tasting and reviewing rums it often requires a lot more time and effort than single reviews. Moreover, sometimes we just have these rums which deserve a review on their own. Today’s rum is the Cadenhead’s Caroni 1998 18YO. The Bottling This is another…

Caroni Light Style

Caroni used to produce two vastly different styles. The one we know and love today is what we’ve got to know as the “Heavy” style, a high ester expression which they distilled with their very short single column still or by placing plates to make a cut at the appropriate point (and time if you…

Velier Caroni 2000 17YO EU versus US version

Last year, Velier released their first and so far only US exclusive Caroni, a 17 year old heavy rum from 2000. Since you cannot let the EU come out empty-handed, we get our own version as well. Today we shall compare the two bottlings and judge how they compare to the other Caronis from 2000…

April’s Fool 2018: “Warning: Toxic substances found in Caroni!”

After my most recent research about the Caroni distillery I found out about this and just have to warn you: Caroni is most certainly incredibly toxic and even small drams can cause severe damage to your stomach, kidneys and colon! While I was trying to find out how the characteristic notes of tar, burnt rubber…

Velier Caroni “Eataly” 2000 17YO

Alaaf my friends, it’s Fastelovend! Special times call for special rums and that’s why we shall have a look at the Velier Caroni 2000 17YO today, a single cask rum that has been bottled exclusively for Eataly. The Bottling Eataly is one of the largest retailers of Italian consumption goods in the world, offering restaurants, foods, drinks,…

1423 World Class Spirits S.B.S Rums

Today we have the very first vertical tasting in which we examine the range of one bottler. Usually I prefer horizontal tastings (products of the same distillery or even batch) since they allow us to discern the differences between otherwise very similar Rums but some people also advocate this type of tasting so why not…