Caroni 12 YO Trinidad Rum
  • Category Rum
  • Country Trinidad and Tobago
  • Region Caribbean
  • Distillery Caroni
  • Style Caribbean Rum
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • dry
  • oak
  • spicy
  • dusty
  • berries
  • zesty
  • lemon
  • oily
  • smoky

Caroni

12 YO Trinidad Rum (0.7l, 50%)
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This is it … there will be no more… Caroni 12 YO Trinidad Rum is the absolute last of the Rum produced in Trinidad by the Caroni family. 
 
The story of Caroni would make a great Tennessee Williams play. We’ll call it “A Distillery named Caroni.”  In this play the tragic hero would be the distillery itself, whose name—Caroni—means “dear” or “precious” in both Spanish and Italian, and means “the flesh” in Latin. Can’t you just feel the drama building up? You see, Trinidad and Tobago are two sister islands that form one country just off the Venezuelan Coast. Historically they produced tons of sugar cane and everything that went with it … including Rum. In fact, at one point there were more than fifty large Rum distilleries in operation there.
 
Well, what once booms is destined to bust, and the sugar cane plantations of the islands collapsed. No local sugar cane means all of those distilleries were now forced to import it to keep production up. But that greatly increases costs. Soon, the economic laws of supply and demand came to bear. In 2000, there were only two Rum distilleries left: Caroni and Angostura. Caroni closed in 2001 and their stills sold to Angostura. So there is almost no true Caroni Rum left, but…. 
 
This is it. There will be no more. Caroni 12 YO Trinidad Rum—available now—is the absolute last of the Rum produced in Trinidad by the Caroni family. They took the last of the Trinidad molasses, ran it through the stills, put it in the oak barrels, and then shut the doors forever. Twelve years later, someone said, “Hey … what’s in all those old dusty barrels over there?” Bingo!
 
The barrels—now filled with 12 yo oak-aged, premium, “heavy” Trinidad Rum—were loaded into ships and sent to Scotland, because that’s where they could get the entire production run bottled. That’s what this is. The last production run of a major Caribbean Rum distillery, purchased, bottled, and rescued from oblivion by Genoese trading company Velier. Be forewarned… this is “heavy” Rum, with 50% ABV and a strong maritime flavor (the way it used to be). But once these classic vintage bottlings are gone … 
 
  • Category Rum
  • Country Trinidad and Tobago
  • Region Caribbean
  • Distillery Caroni
  • Style Caribbean Rum
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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  • dry
  • oak
  • spicy
  • dusty
  • berries
  • zesty
  • lemon
  • oily
  • smoky
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Character Dogson
If the center of our galaxy had a signature scent, it would be Rum. Yup, astronomers studying a giant cloud in the Milky Way found a substance called ethyl formate, a chemical that smells suspiciously like Rum.
A little bit of etymology; nobody really knows where the word Rum comes from. The most popular suggestions are Rum (the Romani word for 'potent'), Rumbullion (an uproar), Saccharum (sugar in Latin), and Rummer (a Dutch drinking glass).
Mount Gay Rum is the oldest existing Rum company in the World dating back to 1705. This is also the year Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Britain’s Parliament.
Rum is why we measure alcohol proof. To make sure Rum wasn’t watered down, it had to be ‘proven’ by soaking gunpowder with it. If it was ‘overproof’ (higher than 57.15 % vol.), then the gunpowder would ignite, but if it wouldn’t, it was ‘underproof.’
Rum (usually) comes from molasses, the sweet and syrupy residue of refining sugarcane into sugar. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also contains significant amounts of minerals and other trace elements, contributing to the final flavor.
Rum used to be accepted as a form of currency in Europe and Australia, a practice we should probably bring back into fashion.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
If the center of our galaxy had a signature scent, it would be Rum. Yup, astronomers studying a giant cloud in the Milky Way found a substance called ethyl formate, a chemical that smells suspiciously like Rum.
A little bit of etymology; nobody really knows where the word Rum comes from. The most popular suggestions are Rum (the Romani word for 'potent'), Rumbullion (an uproar), Saccharum (sugar in Latin), and Rummer (a Dutch drinking glass).
Mount Gay Rum is the oldest existing Rum company in the World dating back to 1705. This is also the year Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Britain’s Parliament.
Rum is why we measure alcohol proof. To make sure Rum wasn’t watered down, it had to be ‘proven’ by soaking gunpowder with it. If it was ‘overproof’ (higher than 57.15 % vol.), then the gunpowder would ignite, but if it wouldn’t, it was ‘underproof.’
Rum (usually) comes from molasses, the sweet and syrupy residue of refining sugarcane into sugar. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also contains significant amounts of minerals and other trace elements, contributing to the final flavor.
Rum used to be accepted as a form of currency in Europe and Australia, a practice we should probably bring back into fashion.
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