If there is ever a rum to compete with Foursquare’s latest drool-worthy offerings, it surely must be Velier’s Caroni rums. Who would have thought that a rum many thought was over-tarred and phenol-ly back in the day would have ascended to become one of the must-haves of the rumiverse? About four years ago I saw an Italian listing for some thirty or more Caronis which he was letting go for €2000 altogether…and we all thought was batsh**t crazy expensive, smirked and moved on, which goes to show how much we knew. Nowadays, can you imagine that happening? That’s like discovering a Caputo 1973 on sale for a hundred bucks. About all we can say about the entire series (so far) is that I have yet to find a dog in the lineup, whether it’s a heavy (high-ester) or light (low ester) version, and that’s formidable street cred by anyone’s reckoning.
Colour – Dark Amber
Strength – 58.3%
Nose – Lovely, deep and dark and sweet, molasses, caramel, port-infused cigarillos (heavy on the tobacco), oak, with some trojans held way back. Flowers and bubble gum (yeah I know how that sounds), nuts, honey, citrus, flowers and some dark overripe fruits – black grapes, cherries or prunes. Talk about aromatic…this thing sings.
Palate – Tarry and oaky, quite thick. But it’s more than just oak, it’s like a well varnished cricket bat wielded by Sir Garfield, right in the face, bam. More sweet caramel, bags of dark fruit (those prunes and cherries just starting to go), vanilla, honey, flowers, ginger, cumin and (get this!) a vague curry taste. Water brings out some faint citrus, more oak and some mint, and it’s all very balanced in stays discreetly in the background.
Finish – Long, spicy, that curry and a masala note remain; lemon zest, florals, light honey, leather, muskiness, and not very dry. Great ending, really.
Thoughts – It’s fat and juicy and flavourful and almost perfect at that strength. A real gem. Oh and the outturn? … 4,600 bottles.
- As always, you can find the other Rumaniacs opinions on the website. Sneak peek, though, if you want a heads up on a bunch of Caronis altogether, the estimable Serge Valentin ran past a massive session last week.