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 agedÂ in a bourbon barrel and bottled in 2013, there are 249 bottles.
I just loveÂ Caroni rums – and itÂ´s the heavy ones i love the most – and i think itÂ´s such a shame they are no more produced, so make sure to try them and grabÂ 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 thereÂ´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 thereÂ´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 outÂ 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 VERYÂ 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 itÂ´s not the Don Beachcomber Mai Tai either.
The flavor in this Mai Tai was pleasant, rummy and strong, givingÂ 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 AmbassadorÂ´s Mai Tai
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 â€œDon the Beachcomberâ€ 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.