The Last Caroni 23 Year Old Full Proof Heavy Trinidad Rum 1996
A rum for those who secretly love the smell of petrol stations, freshly laid tarmac and cigar smoke. The Last Caroni has so much raw power, energy and diesel fumes, it’s like it has a throbbing engine inside the bottle.
We've only managed to secure three bottles of this and, as the name suggests, it’s the last bottling from the stocks discovered by Velier’s Luca Gargano. So, when it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
The Last Caroni is a blend of 24 casks of ‘heavy’ Trinidad rum distilled in 1996. They remained on the archipelago until 2008, when they were moved to Guyana until bottling in 2019. During those 23 years in the tropical heat, 85% of the liquid evaporated, concentrating, baking and making what remained super scarce. At a punchy 61.9%, it tastes like the marmalade factory has just laid a new asphalt driveway. While the foreman stands smoking a cigar and drinking a coffee, waiting for the roadway to cool, a big diesel HGV pulls up with a shipment of passionfruit, mango, apples, pears, figs and bananas for an experimental new batch. Or something like that. It’s so mesmerising and otherworldly, it’s hard to put into words. Truth is, we’re totally tongue-tied by this rum.
Caroni is the Karuizawa of the rum world. Trinidad was once home to over fifty distilleries, now only Angostura remains. Established in 1918 Caroni was famed for supplying the British Navy with its full-bodied and full-throttle rums, made using its own Trinidadian sugar cane. However, it was sadly closed in 2002 and then demolished. The heavy rums that were saved are now top of the bucket list for collectors.
This rare bottling was filled for rum royalty Velier. This outfit out of Genoa, is spearheaded by rum expert, Caribbean hopper, raconteur and international man of mystery Luca Gargano – a gentleman who refuses to associate with watches, cell phones, cars, newspapers or politicians. Anybody seriously into rum in this day and age, needs to be all over Velier. Their expertise in uncovering the world’s finest and rarest rums are second to none.
£63.57 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3221042
Style No.: 803818
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