Trinidad-&-Tobago, Traditional Rum – 68.4%, 70cl
Limited edition of 1158 bottles – LMDW Exclusive
Dedicated to Balas “Brigade” Bhaggan, who worked at the distillery for 14 years, this small batch of six casks aged entirely in Trinidad & Tobago invites us to discover Caroni in a more temperate light and a little less under the hold of hydrocarbon notes than usual. Enthusiasts, rest assured, however, although the intense, almost exuberant fruit and the ardently spicy and medicinal character of the flavour and aroma palette are undeniable highlights of the tasting, the DNA of this particularly archetypal traditional rum has not been changed completely. Tarmac aromas and flavours of smoked meat and bacon are proof of that.
Deep orangey copper
Refined, distinguished. The beautifully sculpted first nose places a basket of citrus fruit (orange, mandarin, grapefruit) centre-stage. Allowed to breathe, notes of tarmac, salted butter caramel and apricot stone reflect the empyreumatic development of the aromatic palette. Next, strong spices (clove, nutmeg), saffron and chilli (Cayenne) precede a wonderfully natural medicinal sequence (tiger balm, mustard, arnica). Gradually, a delicious orange jam floods the olfactory senses.
Clean, precise. The very pleasantly vanilla attack is also floral (violet, lavender), stony and herbaceous (sorrel, lemon balm). On the mid- palate, flavours of smoked meat and bacon appear alongside juniper berry and spice bread. At the end of the palate, cocoa powder, candied apricot and orange zest harmoniously take over the entire palate.
Long, very energetic. At the start of the finish, essential oils (savo- ry, lavender), sleet and burnt wood beautifully outline the Caroni style. Moving closer to sugar cane, the end of the palate is warm and fibrous (ginger, liquorice stick). On the retro-nasal olfaction, the same juniper berry and aniseed grains bring lots of momentum and freshness to the flavour palette which is also characterized by notes of very ripe banana and roasted pineapple. The empty glass is lardy, spicy (ginger), earthy, rooty (ginseng) and telluric (lava).
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