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Now this is some good stuff
I was able to try a generous sample of this at the Velier stand at London 2017 Rum Fest. It was memorable and complex and that single sample wasn't enough to do it justice.
I do remember petrol notes mixed with the fruits and a hint of bike grease that created something unlike anything else I tried that day (including another Caroni).
Sadly Velier hadn't released it in the UK at the time so I couldn't buy a bottle at the show. It did appear briefly on La Maison Du Whisky website and a few other european sites.
I assumed I'd missed my chance but it became available on a UK website and I ordered immediately. I will ask Santa to wrap it for me, and then looking forward to Boxing Day. Provisionally a 9.
I tasted this Caroni 23 years right after the 21, to have a comparison. Many rum lovers have been able to taste this rum and the critics go in every direction. Either it is a superb rum, or they have been unable to understand this rum. Again, people have detested it more in relation to the price and the speculation made around Caroni & Vellier. So I tried to understand this rum knowing that some people took two days to taste and let open this rum !
A superb dark amber color pulling on the mahogany with gray green reflections. On the first nose there are notes of almonds and marzipan. The woodland is present with the classic notes of bitumen. There are also beautiful floral and fruity notes. It evolves continuously and takes a lot of time, it is very complex.
On the palate, it explodes ! Its glue on the palate, it's fat, it's beautiful. You will keep it in your mouth for the entire evening seeing all night! It remains in the mouth for a long time. we arrive on medicinal notes, aromatic herbs with always the almond well present. But there is a saturation of aromas. It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand the complexity of this rum. It is as if taste buds were in saturation.
I admit that I have not yet identified the aromatic structure of this rum but it is heavy. I do not give a 10 because I still have not gone back down to earth.
...aber definitiv nichts für mal zwischendurch am abend. dieser caroni braucht seine zeit im glas und vielleicht auch ein oder zwei tropfen wasser, soweit man etwas panschen mag.
er ist sehr komplex und doch angenehm.....aber leider gibt es auch noch ein paar bessere...
schade das die heavy variante so schwer zu bekommen ist und wenn, dann zu unwirklichen preisen
Gentle warm aroma. First taste is warm, fruity, not much burning. After comes leather, wood and tannin. Aftertaste is longer, bitter with peach seed tones but not somehow special...
Enjoyed a bottle of Caroni 23y 1994-2017 while in London. Very nice packaging, bottle and label design. Deep amber color. Oak and cherries to your nose and palate. Smooth ending. Pricey, but worth it.
N- A dark velvet, elegantly sweet with fine seasoned leather, bisquity yeasty milky note. Rounded up with rip mashed maraschino cherry. Savoury double boiled chicken essence, unusual in a very tasty way. (23/25)
P- Savoury, firm and solid bites of oak that unleashed the wild herb bitterness. Glad the big oak steal the shows in this one with the boiling sweet distillate echoing at the back. (23/25)
F- Long, raw mushroom, authentic and aggressive. Heavy phenol and spicy oak linger with velvet dark sweetness. (22/25)
Balanced:- An unusual oak beast. (23/25)
Weighted Rate:- 91pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
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