Review #885 – Caroni 17yr Velier 2000 Trinidad Rum

Review #885 | /r/Rum Review #45 – Caroni 17yr Velier 2000 Trinidad Rum

The Schtick: This is a bottling of Caroni distillate by Velier. It was aged for 17 years in the Caribbean – both pre and post acquisition by Velier when Caroni’s stocks were bought up.

Distiller: Caroni

Bottler: Velier

ABV: 55% ABV

Age: 17 Years

Distilled: 2000

Comparing some glassware for this as well. 

Nose: Rich fruits, funky, rotten banana and papaya. Brown sugar, burning rubber, floral, loaded with honey. Some effervescent lemon.

Taste: Medium to thick mouth feel. Sweet honey, vanilla icing, brown sugar. Hot. Good bit of heat. Rich burning rubber, astringent pepper and oak. Some plastic-y character. Faint rotting fruits.

Finish: Short to medium mouthfeel. Really nice brown sugar, mango and banana and oak. A little astringent on the finish, though.

Overall: I liked this, but couldn’t help but be disappointed by the overarching astringency and bitter plastic note. It wasn’t plastic like a super funky Hampden or even some Islays, but a bitter artificial plastic note, which doesn’t sit particularly well with me. I may be over emphasizing that specific flaw, but I still thought this was well done, and enjoyable to, well….enjoy.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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