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The legend of Caroni

Vintage bottlings from the fabled Trinidad distillery

Utter “Caroni” to rum-lovers and you’ll get a reaction.

The Trinidad distillery’s rums were mainly used for British Navy blends, but the odd bottling that made its way into the world under the Caroni name rapidly earned the operation serious acclaim from rum’s cognoscenti.

The distillery closed its doors in 2003 and was demolished two years later. But the last remaining stocks of its distinctive rums – discovered in 2004 and drip-fed onto the market ever since – have become some of the most collected and sought-after spirits around.

Dry, heavy and complex, these are extraordinary rums – and as rare as they come.

1998 Caroni Rum 22yo, The Tortuga Series No 2, Single Cask#7833  (61.1%) Caroni   Trinidad and Tobago Rum

1998 Caroni Rum 22yo, The Tortuga Series No 2, Single Cask#7833 (61.1%)

Caroni

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White

Almost like a Lowland malt, this exquisitely aged Caroni opens with fresh cereal notes, backed with shortbread and refreshing mango. The palate immediately turns richer; banana chips and dry tropical fruit are balanced with cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Complexity continues to build on the finish, with mineral-forward, herbaceous elements.

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70cl-0 Immediate | 14 Marketplace£445.00

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1997 Caroni, Le Soleil, Cask#60/1997 (63.8%) Caroni   Trinidad and Tobago Rum

1997 Caroni, Le Soleil, Cask#60/1997 (63.8%)

Caroni

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White

Single cask rum from the fabled Trinidad distillery Caroni. Distilled in 1997, this cask strength rum was bottled in 2021 and forms part of Jack Tar’s sun and moon bottlings.

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70cl-0 Immediate | 24 Marketplace£403.00

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1997 Caroni, La Lune, Cask#84/1997 (61.3%) Caroni   Trinidad and Tobago Rum

1997 Caroni, La Lune, Cask#84/1997 (61.3%)

Caroni

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White

A cask strength bottling from the fabled Trinidad distillery Caroni. Distilled in 1997, this single cask rum was bottled in 2021 and forms part of Jack Tar’s sun and moon series.

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70cl-0 Immediate | 24 Marketplace£403.00

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1985 Caroni 15 Year Old Blended Trinidad Rum 49.5%    Trinidad and Tobago Rum

1985 Caroni 15 Year Old Blended Trinidad Rum 49.5%

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Velier CEO Luca Gargano discovered the treasure trove of Caroni barrels in Trinidad in 2004, a year after it shuttered for good, and a year before it was demolished – sealing the cult distillery’s fate. Since 2005, Velier has been releasing a handful of Caroni bottlings onto the market each year. This was one of the first to be released, in 2005. It’s a blend of heavy and light rums from eight casks, distilled in 1985. The casks were blended and transferred to tank in 2000, stopping its maturation, before it was bottled in 2005.

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1988 Caroni 15 YO Blended Velier 43% Caroni   Trinidad and Tobago Rum

1988 Caroni 15 YO Blended Velier 43%

Caroni

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White

Velier CEO Luca Gargano discovered the treasure trove of Caroni barrels in Trinidad in 2004, a year after it shuttered for good, and a year before it was demolished – sealing the cult distillery’s fate. Since 2005, Velier has been releasing a handful of Caroni bottlings onto the market each year. This 1988 is a blend of 20 barrels. After the distillery closed, the barrels were transferred to Guyana where they spent another four years maturing, before being bottled in 2008.

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70cl-1 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£908.00

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1982 Caroni 23 YO Light Trinidad Rum Velier 59.2% Caroni   Trinidad and Tobago Rum

1982 Caroni 23 YO Light Trinidad Rum Velier 59.2%

Caroni

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White

Velier CEO Luca Gargano discovered the treasure trove of Caroni barrels in Trinidad in 2004, a year after it shuttered for good, and a year before it was demolished – sealing the cult distillery’s fate. Since 2005, Velier has been releasing a handful of Caroni bottlings onto the market each year. While Caroni was best known for their heavy rums, this is a light rum – produced with its column still. Distilled in 1982, this is a blend of eight barrels that spent 23 years gently maturing.

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70cl-1 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£2,323.00

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