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Now this is some good stuff
The Powerful alcoholic scent brings to your nose an interesting an complex fruity bouquet. It’s a full proof: small sips and let it evaporate in your mouth. The fruity bouquet starts with sherry and tropical fruit. A final note of caramel before the alcohol kick. A nice surprise.
Very intense, superb mouthfeel, and yes - after the initial almost sherrycask-like notes mixed with the fruitiness of Caroni, you quickly get both oak and the outboard motor oil that Caroni is giving - but not too much. The balance is fabulous. Superb, robust and magnificent old dinosaur of a Caroni - a living legend.
Here we have a Sigle Cask Caroni, which is still available in Germany with 246 bottles (expert24). Bottled at a strength of 65.5%. It is 18 years old, partly tropical matured and was distilled in 1998. So we can look forward to a lot of dirt on the palate.
Smell: A slightly pungent scent escapes from the glass. This 1998 Caroni is not very dirty. It reminds me of the Bristol 1997 at 61.5%. Sweetness from burnt sugarr, some wood lacquer / rubber and wood dominate the smell. I don't notice a lot of fruit aromas, but the smell is still very tasty. The sweetness with leather and the wood aromas have a beguiling effect on me even if the rum is overall not very complex.
You can still smell tar and some dried fruits, but these are in the background and are more subtle. Deeper in the glass, the rum is a bit earthy and slightly greasy, like the Bristol Caroni.
It smells not very dirty for a 1998 Caroni. But it smells more intense than the 1997 Bristol Caroni.
Taste: It starts off slightly sweet, woody with burnt sugar and dried fruit. Immediately overwhelms you with earthy tar and gum aromas. Here a typical 1998 Caroni shows its dirty side. The rubber corresponds to the well-known car tires. Tannins also come up with pronounced bitter substances and the sharpness increases rapidly. I perceive barrel aromas with a little bourbon wood and the typical vanilla. The tannins are very present after several sips but go well with the overall composition. The leather comes up and becomes very dominant.
The finish is sharp and long, with tannins, wood, tar, some vanilla, lots of leather. Unfortunately I hardly notice any fruit.
Aftertaste: tar, tannins, wood, a lot of leather, mint, dried fruit
This is a rum for experienced palates. It appears rather reserved to the nose, then easily overpowers an unsuspecting beginner. Unfortunately, like the Bristol 1997, it is not very fruity. I was still able to enjoy it. For me, this is a very nice, strong caroni that I particularly appreciate because of the pronounced leather notes.
Overall rating: 88 points
Fruit: 1.5 / 5
Value (225 €): 3/5
Purchased a sample from Master of Malt for around £8.
It's a potent cask strength beast from kill devil aptly named of course as you dont want too many of these.
Tropical fruit and spice on the nose. Very oaky with a medium finish
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