Appearance : topaz.
Nose : full-bodied, refined. A subtle combination of fresh fruit (pear, apple, canary melon) and petrol notes (diesel), the first nose immediately highlights the influence of the Caroni rum. Allowed to breathe, cane sugar spreads throughout the aromatic palette, whilst malted barley digs a deep furrow in the background. Very heady, it gradually becomes increasingly floral (iris), herbaceous (bamboo, elderberry) and peppery.
Palate : rich, unctuous. The milky (coconut) and vanilla attack is also strongly influenced by the rum, but more harmoniously. Sugar cane syrup, lime blossom honey and liquorice stick bring lots of sweetness to the mid-palate. Then, suddenly, malted barley decides to take charge. With lots of precision, succulent notes of porridge, biscuit and panettone nourish the very end of the palate.
Overall : long, distinguished. At the start of the finish, candied lemon brings lots of energy to the flavour palette. Heady, it lingers on powdery notes of iris butter. Increasingly floral, it invites us to breathe in the sublime fragrances of lily, honeysuckle and frangipani. On the retro-nasal olfaction, cane sugar returns in force, leaving the indelible Caroni signature. The empty glass wavers between ginger, candied pear and hydrocarbon (pine tar, hail).