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Caroni 1997 Single Barrel 16 Year Old Rum

Caroni 1997 Rum Swedes

The fifth rum bottled by Rum Swedes is a 16 year old Caroni, ABV 61.3% or 122.6 proof. This is the sister cask of the 15 year old Caroni 97 that they released a year ago and which i wrote about here. This Caroni is heavier and have a stronger character than the first one.

It`s a strong oaky, woody rum laced with tropical fruits.

It was distilled in 1997 by the Caroni distillery, then aged in a bourbon barrel and bottled in 2013, there are 249 bottles.

I just love Caroni rums – and it´s the heavy ones i love the most – and i think it´s such a shame they are no more produced, so make sure to try them and grab a few bottles before they are gone.

They are pricey yes – but the content in those bottles is really also something very special, and they are rum history.

Nose – I find the nose brimming with notes of tropical fruits and wood, apricot, mature banana, molasses, orange peel, toffee. It`s a very pleasant nose which invites you to have a sip.

In the mouth – The tropical fruits come clearly to the surface and there´s a pronounced tropical exotic fruit taste with a strong woody backbone. It`s easy to sip even though this is a strong rum and there´s a slight burn on the tongue which quickly fades and gives way to rich hints of wood and toast.

A few drops of water brings out a more woody character but at the same time it gets smoother.

This is a real nice Caroni – strong, rich, flavorful and does have a lot of character. I give it a 4 out of 5.

With such a nice rum i really feel like making a Mai Tai because i know it`s gonna be good…

Recently Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell made a VERY tasty Mai Tai for me at Koko-Mo, when he was guest bartending after his Rum Masterclass seminar and i used his recipe for this Mai Tai (just switching out the rums) which is a bit different from the usual Trader Vic`s and it´s not the Don Beachcomber Mai Tai either.

The flavor in this Mai Tai was pleasant, rummy and strong, giving a nice buzz…and a flavor with much character and personality, not on the too sweet side, just the way i like it! in other words – it`s a full flavored Mai Tai!

Rum Ambassador´s Mai Tai

Mai Tai Caroni 97 Rum Amb

2 oz Caroni-97

0.5 oz Don`s mix (a 2:1 mix of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice to cinnamon syrup used by Donn “Don the Beachcomber” Beach in his seminal 1934 Zombie Punch.

0.25 oz orgeat

0.25 oz rich demerara syrup

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice, garnish with a mint sprig, add a short straw near the mint.

This Caroni is available for purchase online at the Master of Malt website and in Sweden, here.

3 comments to Caroni 1997 Single Barrel 16 Year Old Rum

  • thanks for the review Helena

  • John Doe

    Jesus, that is some expensive stuff!
    I paid 59€ for a 15 yo Caroni (1997 & cask strength as well) from A.D. Rattray.
    Cask Strenght Hampden Rums from the 2000 batch (Duncan Taylor, Cadenhead’s, The Rum Cask) are available between 55 and 60€.

  • You always welcome Cyril :-)

    Well John, prices really does vary in different countries…in Sweden the alcohol is state owned and therefore the taxes are very high and consequently the prices.

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