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…

Caronis from 1997

1997 was the year of non-Velier Caronis with a lot of magnificent rums such as the A.D. Rattray Caroni 1997 17YO, the Duncan Taylor 1997 16YO or the The Rum Cask 1997 18YO, to name just a few. Similarly, it shouldn’t be very surprising that there were also a few black sheep among them. The Vallinch…

A.D. Rattray Caroni 1997 17YO

Today we have a very special Caroni which I have considered to be the absolute best one for a long time. Even though I have had a couple of other great once more recently it is still at least a top five Caroni in my book. I’m talking about the A.D. Rattray Caroni 1997 17YO….

Velier Caroni “Guyana Stock” 1994 23YO

Today we have Velier’s latest vintage Caroni. It has been “double matured” in Trinidad and Guyana and comes with a colossal angel’s share of >85%. It’s the Velier Caroni 1994 23YO. The Bottling “Il y a même des gens qui m’ont dit ne pas avoir acheté les premiers Caroni car le prix n’était pas assez…

Velier Caroni 17YO

Hello and welcome back to Single Cask Rum! After having reviewed the Velier Caroni 12YO earlier this week, it is now time for another heavyweight from Trinidad. It is one of his older brothers, the Velier Caroni 17YO. Save for a few, severely overpriced, residual bottles it has just ben sold out. I have seen the last…