Bristol Caroni 1974

88,67

Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Caroni
Origin Trinidad and Tobago
Bottler Bristol Classic Rum
Type Single Blended Rum (Pot + Column from the same distillery)
Alcohol By Volume 46%
Sugar Measured
Description Very old rum from the Caroni distillery in Trinidad, independently bottled by Bristol Spirits.Distilled back in 1974 and bottled in the UK in 2008 at 46% ABV
Review 3

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Review by "Henrik" Score: 87

Nose: First off we find thick, dominating rubber notes. Typical Caroni style. Then a lot of nutty scents. I’m no great nut expert, but walnuts came to mind. A little further back you get caramel and a little oak, along with some tire smoke. Also a quite fruity expression made up by mangoes and green apples. It does have a minor sting to it despite the manageable drinking strength, but nothing intimidating.

Palate: My first impression was an intense and very heavy profile with a super oily texture. Normally a Caroni will slap you around with a lot of sulphurous notes, but the most dominating part of this rum is actually its fruityness. Concentrated green apple juice, behind a wall of rubber and tar. Lots salty liquorice is fused with a heavy oak presence. And underneath it all, you even get a soft sweetness. Super complex and exciting drink. As soon as you think you have it all nailed down, it shifts and twists, and suddenly the nature of it is slightly different. The notes are still the same, but the balance has shifted. Great experience.

Finish: After you let it exit, your throat will need some time to cool off. It leaves with a fiery trail of oak, black pepper, rubber and green apples. Everthing apart from the fire feels quite narrow and a bit sharp, but as soon as the sharpness is gone, you just want more.

Thoughts: It doesn’t stray far from the Caroni-path, and lives very well up to the Caroni legacy. The nose was a little weak, but this was made up for by the awesome palate. A super tasty treat indeed, despite being a manageable living room strength. I am left with a smile on my face. It has been a pleasure.

Review by "Serge" Score: 91

Many rums from Trinidad or Demerara did actually mature in Scotland or England, and didn’t reach the extreme concentration that’s to be found in their counterparts that matured in their birthplace or thereabouts. Which does not always mean that they’re ‘less good’. Let’s check this one, even if there’s no dead proof that it is, in a way, ‘early landed’ rum.

Nose: aaah, oooh… Whiffs of pencil shavings at first, then old engine oil, car engine, Bakelite, dried porcinis, cigars, old Tarragone (Chartreuse)… Then rather fruits, around nectarines, cantaloupes, figs… There is, in a way, a feeling of old arrak sipped somewhere in an old town in the Middle-East. I mean, before we started to create havoc down there. Stupid western politicians, stupid oil companies, stupid weapon dealers…

Palate: wait wait wait, this is a whole world made out of salted fruits, sweet herbs, resinous oils, all things in an old garage, salmiak, dried fruits, greases, tobaccos, mints… In short, this is very Caroni. There’s even some kind of peat. Strength and body are just perfect. Oh and did you notice we were almost on Islay?

Finish: long, mentholy, liquoricy, herbal, medicinal… The aftertaste is extremely salty.

Thoughts: I think we managed to find one rum that was even ‘above’ the superb Trois Rivières ‘77. No mean feat, is it. Very phenolic rum.

Review by "Cyril" Score: 88

Robe foncée (reflets bronze), et huileuse. Les larmes qui coulent sur les parois du verre sont lentes.

Nose: Un nez de Caroni mais tout en délicatesse, ça sent le BTP et les routes goudronnées en plein été, là où l’asphalte s’enfonce sous les pieds et colle aux semelles. Et bonne nouvelle, les 46° permettent d’y plonger le nez sans tenter de se griller les narines (c’est toujours agréable pour qui veut préserver ses sens). On retrouve donc ce fameux côté bitumeux/goudronneux, du tabac, mais aussi pas mal de fruits exotiques passés (ananas), de la pomme caramélisée, des agrumes (orange), du sucre brûlé, des raisins et des épices (cannelle, poivre), dans une ambiance luxuriante, chaude et pas forcément très lourde. Cela devient même gourmand tellement ces notes de caramel arrondissent le nez avec un peu plus de repos ; un caramel qui se fait grillé et se mélange maintenant à des notes de tabac. Après quelques minutes, ce sont même des notes d’agrumes acidulées qui semblent arriver, du pamplemousse rose plus exactement. Un profil qui peut sembler lourd avec cette note goudronnée mais suffisamment fruité et aussi frais (agrumes) et végétal (mélange d’herbes) qui rend le nez très agréable au bout du compte, et même assez « facile ».

Palate: Une bouche huileuse, concentrée et saisissante ; plutôt sèche sur les épices avec un boisé plus présent qu’au nez, accompagné de réglisse, avec encore et toujours cette impression de boire une mixture goudronnée aux épices (poivre), mélangeant olive, mais aussi fruits secs, sucre brûlé et même un côté iodé. Un côté végétal aussi avec quelques herbes qui apporte une légère amertume, et un côté mentholée (menthe fraiche) décapant.

Finish: La fin de bouche est moyennement longue, et plutôt courte même… sec, toujours sur le goudron, la réglisse et un côté végétal rafraichissant (menthe, eucalyptus), le rhum laissera une belle et longue persistance, avec le retour des fruits secs caramélisés. On s’attend quand même à plus, et surtout plus longtemps.

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