Caroni 1999 #1
Independently bottled, single barrel, cask strength rum! Cor, what a treat! This comes from the Caroni distillery in Trinidad and was aged in a single bourbon barrel from 1999 to 2014. It was bottled in Sweden by Svenska Eldvatten for The Rum Swedes collection. Only 249 bottles were produced.
Crude Oil Made Potable
Nose: Belgian Candi sugar, overripe pineapples abandoned in the sun, and - olives! Wood varnish, and subtle whiffs of Play-Doh. Mouth: Old Industrial! Motor oil thinned with gasoline, and then (stronger and more specific now) preserved Kalamatas - the whole of which morphs into something like Raid Ant & Roach Killer and/or newspaper ink (à la Balcones Brimstone), ultimately lifted by a faint and pleasant swimming pool somewhere beyond the sweltering cane fields. Finish: As black as coal: tar, licorice, and (again) those neverending olives.
One of the most challenging yet spectacular - in its own, fruited-petroleum way - whisky alternatives I’ve ever encountered.
31st December 2014