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Bristol Classic 1997 Caroni rum

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Posted 4 days ago by Michal Micko (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 251 ratings

Gentle aroma. First taste is nice fruity sweet, but after approx. 3 second starts burning (stronger than you would expect from 43%) aftertaste is not pleasant, short with salt tones.

Posted 6 months ago by Morthrag from Switzerland with 90 ratings

Mein erster Caroni Rum.
Und er hat mich sofort überzeugt.
So viel Geschmack in einem Glas.

Posted 9 months ago by M.R.J. from Finland with 203 ratings

Caroni classic heavy style, almost at points like an older sherry whisky: Big, bold, fruity, oily...Truly a big Caroni.

Posted 9 months ago by Joola69 from United States with 2555 ratings

Rum tasting with my buddy in Tampere continued with Bristol Caroni 19y 1997-2016. Very nice bottle and label design. Mahogany color. Strong floral notes mixed with traditional Trinidad flavors to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Dry burn at the end being bottled at 123 Proof.

Posted over 1 year ago by Marc Cardinal from Belgium with 401 ratings

Dark amber color towards mahogany. On the nose, there are candied fruits, it is very pastry. Crème brûlée, toast. Subtle notes of smoke and solvent. It is not yet the classic big artillery Caroni.
On the palate, it stays on the same aroma, it is powerful and after a very long aeration, the Caroni classic markers arrive, smoked, bitumen but it does not kill the palate. It's long and beautiful, but it's still accessible for neophytes. Beautiful rum.

Posted about 2 years ago by Niklas from Sweden with 69 ratings

Ekkarraktär. Eldig och diesel som en Caroni ska vara. Smooth och söt övermorgon frukt.

Posted over 2 years ago by Achim Emmenegger from Germany with 66 ratings

Ein Geheimtip,ein super Caroni und aus einem der besten Jahrgänge bei Caroni
Würde Velier draufstehen würde die Flasche gleich 3x soviel kosten.
Schwer stark und wunderschön ölig im Glas,eine wunderbare Nase,schöner langer Nachhall.
Der hohe Alkoholgehalt ist schön eingebunden,man sollte ihn jedoch grosszügig im Glas atmen lassen
Die Flaschen sind (Stand 1/2018) noch gut zwischen 120-140 Euro im Handel zu bekommen.
Das ist ein fairer Preis und in Anbetracht dass Caroni schon jetzt Geschichte ist und bald aus sein wird ist der Preis geradezu einer der letzten Aufrufe sich einzudecken.

Posted over 2 years ago by Jonte Json from Sweden with 111 ratings

A difficult rum, with some smokiness and absolutely no sweetness. However extremely rich in flavour

Posted over 2 years ago by Chris from Switzerland with 30 ratings

Definitely worth to have something special like this in the cabinet.

Posted over 3 years ago by Allan Bjerreskov from Denmark with 116 ratings

If you are into Caroni, this is a very fairly priced bottle. The high alcohol percentage is felt and it feels like the rum is powerbombing your tastebuds. To me the only downside is that the rum has matured partly in Europe. So the 18 years don't give the rum the same heavy body as it would, had it stayed the full 18 years in the Caribbean.

Posted over 3 years ago by laurent from France with 40 ratings

Let's read the programm : Caroni, cask strengh (or almost), 18y old. That sounds good. Caution : vanilla-sugarbombs lovers, don't even think about trying this one ! You won't appreciate it. Seriously.
Colour : we don't care. Nose : not the most spectacular from this style. Quite smooth and fruity, the typical tar-like aromas are discreet. Almost disapointed at that time but the better is to come. Mouth, neat : ouch ! No doubt here, we have a Caroni. Strong, complex, explosion of flavours. A round side (fruits, sweetness) and a more woody side : oak and typical "phenolic", tar, liquorice... Finish is everlasting as expected. More liquorice I would say, a bit of herbal things, but there is something else I don't know how to describe (more mineral, even almost ... "salty" ??? not sure)
There is something surprisingly smooth and round in this bottle (for a full proof old Caroni, I mean - don't misunderstand me!) In my opinion it is not needed to add water.
Interesting Caroni expression. Features the expected typical flavours but still different from other bottlings.

Quoi de beau au programme : un Caroni de 18 ans, brut de fut ou pas bien loin (plus de 61°), voila qui s'annonce bien !
Avertissement pour les bouches sucrées et amateurs de rhums-sirops à la vanille : ne vous approchez pas de cet genre de bouteille, vous n'allez vraiment pas aimer et à ce prix ce serait du gâchis.
Robe : on s'en fout. Nez : pas le plus spectaculaire que j'ai senti pour ce type de rhum. Plutôt rond et doux pour un rhum aussi fort, le côté "goudron" est assez discret. A ce moment je ressens presque un début de déception mais... en bouche : boum ! Explosion de parfums, cette fois plus de doute sur l'origine de la bouteille :o) Il y a un côté assez rond (fruits doux entre autres...) et en même temps une partie plus boisée avec le fameux "goudron", phénolique, réglisse... Final interminable comme espéré, avec toujours le côté réglisse et boisé, un peu herbacé mais il y a autre chose que j'ai du mal à décrire, plus minéral (presque... "iodé" ? Je peux me tromper)
Je trouve ce rhum étonnamment rond et facile (pour ce type de rhum, j'entends ! ça reste du viril) Je n'ai pas eu envie d'ajouter d'eau, bien que ça libère surement d'autres arômes.
Au final un très bon Caroni, avec les arômes typique du genre mais différent d'autres embouteillages : c'est ce qui fait que c'est intéressant en même temps!

Posted over 3 years ago by Rob from Ireland with 92 ratings

Familiar Caroni taste/style. Heavy on the alcohol due it being bottled at 123 proof. Works very well for this rum, but after a few sips I decided to add an icecube to make it easier to drink.
Familiar tar taste to it, with quite some wood and some over-ripe bananas on the background. Excellent Caroni, not for those who are looking for a light sweet rum!