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Velier 1996 The Last Caroni 23-Year rum

Velier 1996 The Last Caroni 23-Year

Italy | Aged

10.0/10
10 ratings
Absolute taste perfection

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10 Velier 1996 The Last Caroni 23-Year ratings

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Posted 2 months ago by vomi1011 from Germany with 369 ratings

The last but I hope not my last.
I already know that this caroni is not as dirty as the other caronis. It's going to go in the direction of Kirsch Whisky Caroni. I prefer the dirtier variants and I'm really excited to see how this one affects me.

Smell: I am greeted by a lot of leather with almost flowery aromas that suggest orange zest. It goes almost in the direction of tropical Clarendons. Nice fruit sweetness that is typical for 1996 Caroni is noticeable and I immediately have a Dejavue to the Demerara SVW96. I would name dry fruits like cranberries and plums. The barrel wood can be smelled strongly, it is an aged wood which is probably also responsible for the orange zest. Some sweet vanilla is also noticeable, I would almost like to say semolina pudding.
Very few dirty notes of tar and no gum present. Would I have recognized in a blind tasting that it was a Caroni? I would certainly think about a fantastic Clarendon, but slightly dirty caroni aromas would have put me away. :)
This qualifies him as the least dirty Caroni I've had so far. Great smell, I don't have to say more.

Taste: Dirty Caroni start with tar, some tannins with wood, fruit sweetness (dried fruit). The orange zest increases towards the middle, it develops like a Clarendon. Slightly medicinal, the tannins rise and bring in some bitter notes. Leathery notes are perceptible, the orange zest almost spill over into the flowery until they subside again and leave the leather to the palate.
The finish is slightly spicy with a lot of leather, some cloves, orange zest, vanilla, wood, slightly medicinal.

Aftertaste: Orange zest, leather, some tar, cranberries, light vanilla, ends with floral aromas, remains slightly minty on the palate.

Conclusion: A very good Caroni, which is hardly dirty on the nose, but presents the typical character on the palate. It is not perfect, but it is outstandingly good.
I see it a little behind the Krisch Caroni. In terms of points, I would rate it between 95 and 96 points.

Overall rating: 96 points

Sweetness: 1.5 / 5
Fruit: 2.5 / 5
Spice: 2/5
Complexity: 4.5 / 5
Value (400 €): 4.5 / 5

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Posted 1 year ago by Michal Micko from Czech Republic with 447 ratings

I was catched already by the aroma. Full, strong with fruit tones and a hint of typical Caroni petroleum ...
First taste is very complex, fresh and fruity. After come the body with dry wood on palate. Aftertaste starts with typical Caroni petroleum tones, ending in long fruity (peach) end. Not for beginners, but heaven for experienced drinkers.

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Posted 1 year ago by Rumrunner95 from United States with 57 ratings

Nose: Bananas, Vanilla, Raspberries, Honey, Cinnamon, Baking Spices, Raisins, Cherries, Papaya, Pineapples, Plums, Caramel, Citrus, Apricots, Coconut, White and Milk Chocolate, Mocha, Dulce de Leche, Flan

Palate: Raisins, Bananas, Honey, Caramel, Gas, Oak, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Pepper, Grass, Mint, Herbs, Minerals, Licorice, Cherries, Maple Bark

Finish: Banana, Vanilla, Toffee, Honey, Chocolate Bark, Gas, Raisins, Raspberries, Flowers, Oak, Cinnamon, Spearmint, Dill, Citrus

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Posted over 1 year ago by Achim Emmenegger from Germany with 70 ratings

Man kann sicher behaupten dass die meisten Velier Caronis gut oder sogar sehr gut sind ,der liebe Luca hat ein äusserst feines Händchen und einen äusserst guten Geschmack bei der Auswahl seiner Fässer gehabt.
Dieser Caroni dürfte mit der ebenfalls 1996er Abfüllung für Kirschwhisky zu den besten Velierabfülungen je zählen und die aufgerufenen 400 Bankrottos werden bald lächerlich erscheinen.Zum Glück gibt es hier im Gegensatz zum Kirsch ein Vielfaches an Flaschen.
Die Caroni typischen Aromen kommen hier in perfekter Balance unendlich lang,besser geht nicht.
96 war ein Top Jahrgang aber hier ist die Creme de la Creme aus 96 abgefüllt.....

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Posted over 1 year ago by Rasmus from Denmark with 149 ratings

I got the opportunity to attend a rum tasting with Daniele Biondi from Velier were we tasted 9 different rums. This was the ninth and final rum of the night, that we tasted side-by-side with the 38th release of the same series "Tasting Gang". I have a big place in my heart for Caroni, so to be able to taste this one was like liquid magic to me. It is a piece of history and it tastes like heaven in a bottle.

Nose: Asphalt, minerals, passion fruit, dark chocolate and a faint smell of vanilla and fresh fruit
Taste: Asphalt, diesel, passion fruit, minerals, roasted coffee, tobacco, figs and a fresh floral taste to bind it together in a long and pleasant aftertaste.
Overall: This might be one of the best, if not the best, I have ever tasted. This rum is complex and soothing. It is harst and loving. It is hearty and warming. It is everything you would want and more. Perfection.

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Posted 17 days ago by MaartenVL from Belgium with 33 ratings

One of The best caronis ever made. You can still buy them for a decent price.

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Posted 8 months ago by Haz from Denmark with 24 ratings

This is my first Coron, what can I say is a monster of taste and aroma. It is so rich that you don't want to drink it, but chew it. Try it while you can.

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Posted 8 months ago by Guldmund from Norway with 2 ratings

I have been drinking whisky for many years, and am fairly new to rum. I never thought that rum could be as complex as whisky! This Caroni is a prime excample of a rum who can stand against the best whiskyes I have had!

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Posted 9 months ago by Jirka23689 (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 171 ratings

Za mě jedna z ikon této značky. Poslední ze dvou, které nemám asi v plánu delší dobu otevřít.

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Posted 9 months ago by Knievel from Canada with 7 ratings

Very complex and extremely enjoyable. Ripe fruits, Tobbaco, mint and gasoline notes. Everything is well integrated and well balanced, thanks to 23 years of tropical ageing.