Caroni 1998 – The Duchess


Sample provided by Best of Whiskies

I’ve reviewed quite a few rums from the now closed Caroni distillery in Trinidad before and have come to like its heavy character quite a bit. Caronis are pretty much exclusively available from independent bottlers and this particular one comes from the Netherlands based “The Duchess”, a brand of the online store Best of Whiskies.

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Foursquare Triptych


So these rum reviews are starting to get more frequent. I’m slowly developing a sense of the various styles and flavours and what I like. Last week the Israeli Rum Club met up for a Foursquare evening. The bottles were all worth getting excited over, but one particular one I’d seen a lot of fanfare over was this Triptych stuff.

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Bristol Spirits Caroni 10 VSOC


It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a rum. I’ve been slowly building up a modest selections of good ones and this is one I’ve been enjoying a lot. It’s from the Caroni distillery in Trinidad. Caroni in of itself is quite interesting, and this bottling more so. It was never widely appreciated while operating and shut down in the early 2000’s, all of the stock being bought up by a small number of individuals.

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Compagnie Des Indes Belize BL25


This is a rum distilled at Travelers distillery in Belize and bottled by a French independent bottler of rums. I was not aware of Travelers before trying some at a recent rum club meetup where we sampled quite a few offerings from Compagnie Des Indes including a sister cask to this one bottled at cask strength which I really liked. So in adding some rums to my collection I decided to try this one which is the lower strength version.

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Appleton Estate 12 Rare Blend


My explorative journey into rum continues. This one being from Jamaica. One of the major issues with rum is the lack of regulation, especially concerning labelling and additives. Jamaica is actually pushing for recognition of Jamaican Rum as a protected appellation and has fairly coherent regulations for labelling rum, which means Jamaican rums are usually of good reputation.

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El Tiburón 18 XO, Cigar Blend, Limited Edition, Cask Strength

IMG_20170220_212732.jpgA bit of an oddity here. I was browsing the shelves at a local liquor store and saw this very odd bottle of rum I’d never heard of or seen before. I asked the guys in my rum club but no one knew much about it. The bottle seemed to just be loaded with buzzwords like XO, Limited Edition, Cask Strength, Cigar blend and so on. Suspicious, but interesting.

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Diplomatico 2000 Single Vintage


Thanks to /u/gregbenson314 for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap’s Secret Santa on reddit.

This is the last of the very cool samples I got from my Secret Santa gift. Unlike the others this one is a rum, not a whisky. I started dabbling in rums somewhat recently so I’m always glad to broaden that horizon. This is from Venezuela. I’m still not 100% familiar with each rum producing region’s character but this is the first time I’m really sitting down with a Venezuelan rum, so no idea what to expect (I usually do my tasting notes before looking too much into the background behind what I’m drinking).

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El Dorado 15


I first found out about El Dorado after buying a bottle of the 12-year-old version on recommendation of my friend Assaf. I fell in love with the stuff, it’s exactly the style of rum that I like, thick, sweet and complex. When my bottle of the 12 ran out I decided to step it up a notch and get myself a bottle of their 15-year-old (which wasn’t that much more expensive to be honest).

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