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Had been waiting to get my hands on this relic for a while, but didn't really know what to expect from a 34 year old barrel aged monster. The rum hit my nose with notes of tar, diesel, salt, old wood and subtle black berries. Very nice actually and not as murderous as I had feared. The first sip made me think of a mechanic workshop. The palette was oily, both in feel and taste. The gasoline note foght hard for my attention and dominated the palette, but again, overall not as violent as one could expect. Notes of wood, leather, engine grease and ripe black grapes also emerged in my mouth. The aftertase was quite long with a nice tarlike sweetness.
It's a really good rum in it's own way and im glad to have tried it, but my taste leans more towards the rounder caroni styles like fx. Velier's bottles
This rum is a piece of history.. Im so glad to have gotten to taste it. It will never be one of my favorites, but soon you might not be able to taste it ever again?
Nose: Burn sugar, weak oil-a-like oak and some spices.
Mouth: Like licking a spiced up gas tank with a light layer of sugar! Weird yes.. Does it work. Yes :-)
Aftertaste is semi-short, but you can still feel it a bit after.
I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, and especially not if you are mostly into the sweet stuff. Admittedly overall its a bit of a weird experience! But Im glad to have tasted what is probably the oldes exciting rum from the Caroni series! Its reputation precedes it.
I think I detect the presence of fusel oil in this ancient classic, which would explain the acetone - gasoline - lacquer taste and aroma which other reviewers have consistently described. Fortunately it's only one part of this exceptionally complex and unique rum, but it kept me from loving it without hesitation. It's fragrantly sweet, reminding me of ripe, juicy plums, and mildly spicy as well. All told, it's not among my all-time favorites, but for being 34 years old and so interesting it deserves its reputation as a classic. (Thanks to AG for suggesting that I try this one).
This is so different then what I usually drink. It is nice to get an unaltered rum for a change. The nose has a distinct rubber smell like bouncy balls mixed with gasoline but not in a bad way. I find it inviting. First thing you notice when you sip it is the soft mouth feel it has then you are hot with pine and tar. I keep going back to smell the complexity of this rum. Once past the first smell of fresh paved summer roads you get an underlying sweetness and molasses smell. That sweetness is all through the taste. I hope to pick up a bottle of this before it is gone. It is nice to sip a rum older then you are. I find this one captivating.
This grandpappy of all Caroni's from Bristol Spirits is a true beauty of rapidly disappearing Caribbean rum history. Tropic-aged 34yo bottling from casks which probably contained much less than 12% of the original filling, it stands out as a monument of rum. The taste is oaky (what a surprise), but filled with intense, rich spiciness, sandalwood, nutmeg, clove...dark fruits not unlike in a fine old oloroso-aged whisky. Thank God no added sugar or any other tomfoolery in this one, it is a "pure Rum". The Caroni signature oiliness lingers in the background. Magnificent.
I don't really know what I am doing with this one. I started out with rum because I liked the sweet stuff, and somehow I ended up with stuff like this one and Port Morants. Something must have gone wrong somewhere :-)
Petrol / tar notes, but it works for me for some reason, when my palate has recovered from the first taste. The aftertaste is the best for me. Should perhaps give it a higher rating, but I must admit that it is not the first one I take down for a quiet drink in the evening.