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Velier Royal Navy Very Old rum

Velier Royal Navy Very Old

Italy | Aged

7.8/10 (15 ratings)
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Posted 3 months ago by vomi1011 from Germany with 246 ratings

Update review (bottle transformed after a week):
I was looking forward to taste this navy rum.
I know at least five other navy rums, but none with Caroni in the blend.

After 1h in the glas the nose is dominated by Jamaica (WP) flavors with Caroni notes and dry fruits. The Caroni flavors reminds me of Bristol Caroni 10y (they are not that dirty because it got sherry finish). I get the WP notes first (orange, anise, apple/prune), after that I get demerara notes like honey with molasses and on top of it is some Caroni (leather, some tar, black currant). Great nose indeed, everything is there.

Caroni flavors are the first thing that I notice. Then WP fruity notes and some Demerara honey with molasses. After that you get immediately the bitter wood on your palet. I think the Caroni cask was very active.
In the middle I get some orange pees with anise (the bitterness is still there, thats why I can't get more aromas).The finish start spicy and you get a strong medicine note (like Trinidad rum), followed by orange peels, wood and some Caroni notes.

Conclusion: the nose became much better. The initial taste is dominated by tanins from the wood.
This disturbs the balance and does not allow the aromas to be enjoyed. Caroni is not that dominant anymore, but these rum is not as beautiful as the tiger shart. Still 9 point is appropriate.

Nose: (orange, prune, anise, sour apple -> WP), (honey, molasses -> Demerara), (leather, tar, black currant -> Caroni), oak
Taste: WP (orange, anise), honey, molasses, wood with tanins,
Middle: orange peels, dry mouth feel, anise
Finish: spice, medicine, orange peels, wood, some tar
Aftertaste: WP fruits, mint, leather (tasty), black currant/tar

Old review (fresh opened bottle):
The initial taste is dirty like a typical Caroni. Leather, gum, salt and bitter wood are waiting for you. I expect fruits in the middle, but nothing there. The Caroni cask is way too dominant with a lot of tanins. The finish is spicy, dry and dirty. Also no fruits there. It's like a typical 1998 Caroni without fruit flavors. This Caroni cask was too old, it overlaps all other aromas. This rum is still not bad, you get a good Caroni here. But I expected this blend to be more fruity. I think there is still some space for improvement.
Therefore a 9 rating.

Nose: leather, gum, tar, honey, papaya, some apple and banana (Jamaica is a little bit weak), wood, cask with earth

Taste: orange, gum, leather, fruits, wood with tanins, vanilla ice
Middle: spice, citrus, tar, dentist, leather and salt, anise
Finish: Caroni flavors, leather, wood, tanins, oranges astringend mouth feel, anise
Aftertaste: tar, peppermint, anise, orange, black currant, mint

Sweetness: 1/5
Fruits: 1.5/5
Spice: 3.5/5
Mildness: 3/5
Complexity: 3.5/5 (Nose 4, Taste 3)
Value (130€): 3.5/5

Nose: "Nosing the rum initially reveals the distinctive Caroni elements. Petrol and tar. It reminds me very much of a 1960’s sample of Navy rum I reviewed a while back. Further nosing reveals more of the Demerara rum – a sweetness of raisins and plums. The Jamaican influence comes in with some nice banana and coconut notes."
Taste: "I think the Caroni rum and the oak leave the Demerara and Jamaican elements behind. I’m not getting a lot of either to be honest. What I am getting is the more traditional slightly “dirty” petrol like elements of the Caroni.
I totaly agree with the review from thefatrumpirate, he has also a good suggestion:
"Although I found this perfectly drinkable at the full ABV – its actually quite mellow overall I did decide to add some water. Just a few drops.
To say this was a good move would be an understatement. I’ve very rarely noticed such a difference in a rum. The Jamaican rum is now competing with the Trinidad Caroni at the forefront of the mix with some very nice “funky” elements – black banana and ginger. The Demerara now reveals itself with some nice notes of anise and stoned fruits. Finish wise it doesn’t get any longer or more exciting but sip wise its a much better option with the ABV knocked down a little."


Posted 3 months ago by VikingXO from Denmark with 107 ratings

What a nose, What a taste. Not a beginners rum for sure but what a fantastic blend this is. If you got the chance to taste it, then go for it!


Posted 5 months ago by HammerHead from Netherlands with 26 ratings

Lots of tropical fruits, but also darker notes of raisins, figs, toffee, caramel and chocolate. Relatively subtle funky stuff from the Jamaican side of this bottling: just a little varnish and solventy paint notes. Also some lineseed and olive oil shining through (probably the Caroni influence). The mouthfeel is round and creamy. In the aftertaste it shifts more towards peppery wood notes, cocoa and olives, ending with a mild note of varnish.


Posted 9 months ago by Adrian Adame (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 302 ratings

vůně příjemná, hodně je cítit Guyana, Jamajka jen vzdáleně, ovoce, pálení v nose, kovová (Trinidad), chuť jemná, sladká, 57,18% není znát, hořkost, závěr dlouhý, kořenitý. Žena milující Jamajku se olizovala, já moc ne


Posted 10 months ago by JeffBuck from United States with 80 ratings

To preface, I've never met a Caroni that I've cared for. Having said that, this blend works for me! It's got great depth and the different countries play very well together. Still has the petrol-ish taste but, nonetheless, is very good.


Posted 1 year ago by Simon Doherty from United Kingdom with 70 ratings

Was expecting a lot from this one with components from the likes of Caroni. First up it’s strong, I’m not one to water down a rum so maybe that was a fault. I liked it, was different but it maybe just wasn’t up my street. Paid £153 for the bottle and that was with A discount so was expecting more.


Posted 1 year ago by M.R.J. from Finland with 203 ratings

I think the blend works, it could perhaps benefit from a bit more of Guyana, but as a fan of Caroni I am not complaining :-)


Posted 1 year ago by Michal Micko (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 338 ratings

Wild aroma. First taste is iodine and strange mineral tones. Short aftertaste with many different tones.


Posted over 1 year ago by Joola69 from United States with 2659 ratings

Rum tasting with my buddy in Tampere continued with Velier Royal Navy Very Old Rum. Very nice bottle and label design. Amber color. Strong rubber mixed with plenty of oak to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Strong and dry burn at the end. Jamaican influence is the mistake for this rum.


Posted over 1 year ago by Engwild from United States with 153 ratings

For an Overproof it is surprisingly smooth being the young burning pain at the start.