This expression was launched for the That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s 20th anniversary. It’s a rum from the now defunct Caroni Distillery, Trinidad, baring the HTR marque – Heavy Trinidad Rum. This rum has been finished in a Islay whisky cask in order to see how the peatiness would work with Caroni’s intense profile.
Molasses based, column still distilled and aged for 20 years with an unspecified amount of time being a peated whisky cask finish. Bottled at 63.2% ABV and without any additions, batch 12 consisting of 423 bottles.
On the nose it smells rich and earthy. Caramel, dark chocolate, fresh asphalt, old leather and black pepper. Sour cherries, treacle and allspice. I can’t really feel the peat influence on the nose. Blackberries, dried figs and canned plums. It also has a salty minerality to it.
On the palate it’s intense and earthy as expected. Allspice, charred oak, treacle and black pepper. Dried figs, plums and ground coffee. It tastes like asphalt mixed with some cigarette ashes. Maple syrup, cayenne pepper and old cardboard. Blackberry jam, raisins and raw cacao nibs. The finish is long with burnt tobacco and black pepper.
It’s safe to say that the Islay cask didn’t take over the beast that is the heavy Caroni rum. It did however bring out more earthy flavours so now it’s even more of a challenging sip – that being said, I enjoy it, just not as much as other Caronis. This is an intense rum at an intense price – can be found for £215 at The Whisky Exchange.
That Boutique-y Rum Company – Caroni Distillery, Trinidad, 20 Year Old (Batch 12) score:
Value for money: 11/15