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Recommendable to most
This heavy rum was distilled in 2000 from the last Trinidad molasses and bottled in 2012. Golden to light brown colour. Nosing reveals smell of sweet alcohol and a oaked profile which borders on slightly musty. Palate has a very dry profile. It is quite hot, oily and spicy (white pepper with a little ginger and nutmeg) and it has a very long oaked finish with very little sweetness.
Oily, smoky, and full of fruity notes. This one is a pretty heavy rum that is tasty. Of course no additives. The spirit of Trinidad in a gorgeous bottle.
Not a rhum for anyone. I had my bottle in the cabinet for 6 months, just sipping one drop form time to time. Not my usual agricole. At all.
Strong and direct.
You need to get used with the tar, naphta, rubble and licorice aromas. If you can do that, you'll find a little treasure. These nose notes aren't predominant... nevertheless they are present and give this rum personality.
Give it more than a chance.
It is no secret, that I have a huge weak spot for Caroni. Since I had already tried the 15 and 17 in this series, it was almost certain that at some point, I had to give the 12 a chance.
Nose: Brown sugar, baked apples, nutmeg, rubber and leather
Taste: Light brown sugar, smoky wood, black liquorice and a full and almost savoury aftertaste that lingers for ages.
Overall: Although it is not on the absolute top-level like its big brothers, it is still a rum that deserves its place amongst the better rums. If you should get the chance to taste this, or even buy a bottle, then you should do yourself the favour of doing so. You will not regret it.
Interesting but difficult for many rum lovers, as You can read in many comments. Tar and wood (but not smooth bourbon cask type) in nose. I would even say, You can smell a bit of hardware store :) Oily structure makes all the flavours very intensive.
Well, I tried my first Caroni, and I liked it! It was sweeter and smoother than I expected, with a long aftertaste of.... burning tires and motor oil, but with a sweeter more floral initial flavor. Very unique and although I only had one well measured glass, I wanted more. The complexity of this offering, or perhaps the whole line and the refined roughness of the flavor profile is what stands out the most to me. I am going to suck it up and add a couple bottles of caroni to my collection and so should YOU!! Try it while it’s here, this stuff is special.
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