Caroni Rum 20 yo, 1998-2018 – The Duchess (Trinidad)

I know this is mostly a Whisky Blog (and i know i’ve been blogging Rum for the last couple of posts..), but quite a few very interesting Rums made their to WI towers lately, and this one’s really worth your while. The Duchess is the label under which Best of Wines bottle their whiskies / Rums, as they also operate as Independent bottlers. We all know Whisky casks are quite hard to come by, especially ones that are very good, and not very expensive, Rum on the other hand, is easier to bottle, although it’s not cheap anymore as many whisky aficionados have discovered. At any rate, this one was picked by a good friend, Nils, who’s in charge of Whisky / Rum operations at BOW .
Caroni Rums are the Port Ellen / Brora of Rum, as this (Iconic, now) distillery closed its gates way back in 2002.  Caroni is known for its smoky edge, and heavy style , and is very popular these days with the Rum Geeks.
This single cask bottling is released at Cask Strength of  64,6% , at € 195,00 (Yes, Caronis are not cheap).

Caroni Rum 20 yo, 1998-2018 – The Duchess , 64,6% , (€ 195,00  Best of Whiskies

Nose: This is deep stuff, lots of wood, some tobacco leaf notes, earth, dark licorice, and burnt sugar to the point it’s quite bitter, with a certain ripe plum note, pepper and more wood,some wax as well, this is one complex monster, and this IS a monster i promise you, it’s BIG, and BOLD, but not over the top, and you can nose it for quite some time without getting bored.
Palate: So, what have we here? more wood, and black tea leaf, tobacco and some heavy thick Demerara sugar, on top of  licorice sticks, bitter-sweet and heavy on the wood, with a lingering sweetness and more  wood spices.
Finish: the sweet Demerara touches are going on for a long time, as well as the wood, spice and slight touches of Chilly heat and Lapsang tea.

Bottom line:

This is one hell of a Rum indeed. Lots of oak, tobacco, tea and spices, make it ideal for a cold winter night. Don’t imagine myself sipping this super complex/ heavy stuff on a humid day in Trinidad… No sir.
At any rate, Excellent selection of cask there by Nils, Well done mate! Highly recommended if you’re a Caroni fan. Not cheap, but well worth your while. It really leaves many whiskies behind, so to speak….

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