A 12-year-old bottling of the famed close Caroni rum distillery, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd.
Bottled at 46% by the historic British wine and spirits house, this has the rich treacle and honey sweetness expected on Caronis of this age but with a little more citrus zest.
Quite limited, especially at this price as the stocks of Caroni dwindle.
As Trinidadâs once-thriving rum industry began to shrink, the government sold a critical stake in Caroniâs rum arm to private distillery Angostura. Caroni as a whole, including rum production and a litany of other food-related activities, closed in 2003, with 9,000 workers retrenched from the national icon. With the countryâs historic sugar cane industry essentially dead, it has been estimated that 35,000 people who were indirectly dependent on the plant suffered from its closure.
The closure itself has been the subject of debate locally in Trinidad, as the plant was seen by some as a key part of the countryâs agricultural industry. It has been argued that the demise of the distillery may have been political as much as it was caused by market forces.
Caroni had both pot stills and column stills and produced a big, thick, sweet rum. While in production, the Caroni style was something of an industry secret that has since become an international fascination for rum drinkers since its closure.
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