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Absolute taste perfection
Single Cask #134
Distilled: 1991-2000 (19y)
There was a big hype in German forums about this rum. Some said "it's a forgotten Caroni cask which was sold to TDL". Maybe, but I think TDL knows exactly what casks they have in their stock and they would not sell a Caroni cask for such a price. So let's see.
Strong medical notes (typical TDL note for me) and tar is first in my nose. Reminds me of the Bristol Caroni 10y. Yes there are strong similaritis with Bristol Caroni 10y (40% abv), but at the abv of 56.5% this should be much stronger in the nose as a Caroni. It's very tasty in the nose with caramel, brown sugar, tar, herbs and black currant.
Perhaps it is the air and the pint factory in Trinidad that produce such aromas. After all, Caroni is also from Trinidad too.
The taste is very mild for 56.5%, also with a lot of medicine, typical TDL.
Again strong similarities with Bristol Caroni 10y (red label). This rum starts immediately with wood, tanins, tar and brown sugar. No doubt, that it's an old rum with a lot of influence from the cask.
The bitter tanins are everywhere, but they don't distrub me and I can enjoy all the flavors.
In the middle you get the wild leather and the black currant (verty tasty for me).
The finish is a little bit spicy with medicine, tar, mint and tanins. The aftertaste is tasty with everything I already mentioned.
So is it a Caroni? I would say yes and no, because of the abv it cant be a Caroni. It would be more intensive and concentrated. The medical note says it's a TDL rum.
If you would give me a glas and say to me, this is a 45 abv Bristol Caroni.
I would believe you, because there are a lot of Caroni aromas.
This is cleary the best TDL I ever had. Dirty aromas, very old in the taste with a lot of tanins, smooth at the same time and very tasty with black currant, mint and wild leather.
Nose: caramel, brown sugar, medical note, tar, herbs (chives, gras), peppermint, black currant, lard
Initial taste: wood, tanins, tar, caramel/brown sugar
Middle: tanins, medicine, mint, wild leather, black currant
Finish: spice, medicine, tar, tanins, mint, pine needle
Aftertaste: medicine, tar, mint, tanins, wild leather
Experience level: professional
Value (67€): 5/5
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