T.D.roni

Consider a distillery that is producing mostly below average rums. Sure, like many others, they also have a good rum here and there, but the vast majority of their products is boring, interchangable and typically just not very good. What is more, they even buy rum externally for their own blends. Doesn’t sound good, right!?…

Caroni 1989

Ah, 1989. My year of birth. Yes, I am that old, or young, depending on where you are coming from. For some people, having vintage bottlings from their year of birth is very important. For me, it is not, for two reasons. a) We prefer quality over romanticism. which leads to: b) The high quality…

Caroni 2000

2000 is the last known Caroni vintage and somewhat ironically, also my first encounter with the distillery back then. It was love at first sight if you want and I will probably never forget my very first sip of the Velier Caroni 2000 12YO. This was so unique, lovely and just different from all other…

Caroni 1993

With the 1993 vintage you never know what you’ll get. There are very light and subpar rums such as the Origin R. Caroni 1993 21YO (really closer to neutral spirit than to Caroni), extremely woody weirdos such as the Bristol/ 1423 1993 21YO (that one was extremely bad imo) and then one of my very…

Caroni Hangar Series

The Hangar series contains some of the very best Caronis ever. If my memory isn’t playing tricks on me, that is. Perhaps the most crucial aspect is that the series contains half of all 1992 bottlings and the vintage is one of my absolute Caroni faves. Velier Caroni 1992 20YO (55%): We start with the…

Trinidad Distillers Ltd

Happy New Year! Today we shall have some rums from Trinidad Distillers Ltd (TDL). Even though TDL is now Trinidad’s only rum distillery, they will always be the island’s “other distillery” for me. But let me tell you right away that we do have a few pleasant surprises! Moon Import “Remember” Trinidad (TDL) (45%): We…

Caroni 01/1998

The January 1998 batch is not really one of our favorites, but great casks can be found almost everywhere. Well, it is tough, but hope dies last… Kintra Caroni 1998 19YO (55,1%): The nose is relatively sweet and rather fruity for a Caroni. Freshly made caramel is paired with ripe papayas, citrus fruits and sour…

Some recent Velier Caronis

Two new ones and two we have some catching-up to do with. Anyway, we have only old and mature stuff today and some of the very last Caronis by Velier ever. Let’s hope they didn’t pass their zenith yet… Velier Caroni 1998 21YO “Kevon Moreno” (69,5%): Be careful, we start with a harsh sequencing of…

Caroni 1997 encore II

Alas, we go on… Duncan Taylor Caroni 1997 16YO (56,4%): Duncan Taylor also has a whole series of 1997s. I am aware of four different bottlings and at least half of them was great if I remember correctly.  Just don’t ask me which exactly… Nose: The dirty Caroni, with a slightly musty overall profile. It’s…

Caroni 1997 encore

Few batches are as deep as Caroni 1997 (even though there are actually two, with the June batch being a bit better in my opinion). Especially since the hype really started about two to three years ago almost every bottler wanted to have one of them in their portfolio. But you know the story: The…

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…