1996 Velier 20 Year Old Full Proof Heavy
Established in 1923 on the site of the sugar factory for which it was named, Caroni was a key ingredient of British Navy rations, where it's famous high ester 'Heavy' rums help to make up the signature flavour. Sadly, with the decline of the Trinidadian sugar industry, the Islands distillers became more and more dependent upon imported molasses, making distilling less and less economical.
The writing then, was already on the wall when in 2001 the Trinidadian government sold a 49% share in the holding company to Angostura. Caroni was shuttered in 2002 and a behemoth of flavour was lost to the world.
Thankfully, in 2004, Luca Gargano discovered the ossuary of Caroni's warehouses filled of barrels of the legendary heavy rum quietly ageing. Since then we have seen a number of outstanding releases, proving increasingly popular with collectors and drinkers alike.
Distilled in 1996 at the long lost Caroni distillery.
Aged in Trinidad for 20 years, this is the 35th (or '35rd' as the bottle states) release.
One of 3038 bottles produced from a stock of 11 casks, of which over 85% was already lost to the Angels' share.
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