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Kill Devil (Hunter Laing) 1998 Trinidad Caroni 18-Year rum

Kill Devil (Hunter Laing) 1998 Trinidad Caroni 18-Year

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7 ratings
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Posted 25 days ago by 8151 from Netherlands with 1 rating

The best rum I Evert tast!!!
Thuis is super, like a beatiful Macallan.

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Posted 3 months ago by Mr. Rumantic from Germany with 137 ratings

The Kill Davil Trinidad 1998 is a single cask rum from the Caroni Distillery, which was stored mostly continental for 18 years. The rum produced in column style is bottled in cask strength of 65.5% alcohol in a limited edition of 245 bottles, without dyes, sugar or filtration.

In the nose, the Caroni is immediately recognizable and it directly triggers a smile. I love that smell. Nice and dirty comes a certain sweetness. There is also a fruity part. Wood and a little caramel. Ashtray and some tar. With a little time in the glass, the rum becomes a little more balanced. On the palate, the rum is intense. The 65% pushes the aromas forward. A pleasant fruity sweetness is quickly captured by dirty notes. Tar and leather. But also wood and tannins. Everything is very complex and can be overwhelming when drinking. At the finish, the dirty note remains and wood, leather and some sweetness accompany the long finish. The aromas persist for a long time.

The Kill Devil Caroni 1998 is a fantastic rum. If you like dirty caroni, this is the right place for you. In addition, this bottling is even affordable. It is comparable to the Bristol 1997 but of course they are not the same. It is absolutely amazing and unique how the glass smells after drinking. Even the devil can't kill that dirty note.

Der Kill Davil Trinidad 1998 ist ein Single Cask Rum der Caroni Distillerie, welcher 18 Jahre kontinental gelagerten wurde. Der im Column Stil hergestellte Rum wird in Fassstärke vom 65,5% Alkohol in einer limitierten Edition vom 245 Flaschen, ohne Farbstoffe, Zucker oder Filtration abgefüllt.

In der Nase ist der Caroni sofort erkennbar und bei mir löst es direkt ein Lächeln aus. Ich liebe diesen Geruch. Schön dreckig kommt eine gewisse Süße mit. Auch ein fruchtiger Anteil ist dabei. Holz und ein wenig Karamel. Aschenbecher und etwas Teer. Mit etwas Zeit im Glas wird der Rum etwas balancierter. Am Gaumen ist der Rum intensiv. Die 65% drücken die Aromen nach vorne. Eine angenehme fruchtige Süße wird schnell von dreckigen Noten eingefangen. Teer und Leder. Aber auch Holz und Tannine. Alles ist sehr komplex und kann beim Trinken überwältigen. Beim Abgang bleibt die dreckige Note und Holz, Leder und etwas Süße begleiten den langen Abgang. Die Aromen bleiben lange bestehen.

Der Kill Devil Caroni 1998 ist ein fantastischer Rum. Wer dreckige Caroni mag ist hier richtig. Dazu kommt, dass diese Abfüllung sogar bezahlbar ist. Er ist schon mit dem Bristol 1997 vergleichbar ohne das man sie nicht unterscheiden kann. Auch hier ist es absolut erstaunlich und einmalig wie das Glas nach dem Trinken riecht. Diese dreckige Note ist nicht klein zu kriegen. Top.

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Posted 7 months ago by vomi1011 from Germany with 392 ratings

Here we have a single 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 dirty. It reminds me also of the Bristol 1997 at 61.5%. Sweetness from burnt sugar, 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 dirty notes.

Overall rating: 88 points

Sweetness: 2/5
Fruit: 1.5 / 5
Spice: 4/5
Complexity: 3/5
Value (225 €): 4/5

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Posted over 1 year ago by Marco Forlani from Italy with 35 ratings

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.

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Posted over 2 years ago by M.R.J. from Finland with 202 ratings

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.

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Posted over 1 year ago by Morthrag from Switzerland with 94 ratings

Caroni typisch mit dominierender Fruchtigkeit, besonders in der Nase.

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Posted 3 years ago by Robert Ferron from United Kingdom with 166 ratings

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