Caroni 1998 – The Duchess

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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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Bristol Spirits Caroni 10 VSOC

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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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Kilchoman 2011 Caroni Rum Cask Finish

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I have recently joined a rum club and am trying to learn all about rum and it’s various types and all such things. I doubt it will ever replace whisky as my drink of choice, but it’s a whole interesting world unto itself and is a very nice way to mix things up and try something different. A short while ago the rum club did a Caroni evening. Caroni is a rum distillery from Trinidad that was held in very high regard and has since closed down, so what’s floating around now is pretty much the last of it. Caroni is known for its heavy, rubbery, chemical profile. Now what’ all this got to do with a whisky review you ask?

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