More ’97 Caronis

I already wrote an article about four Caronis from the ’97 vintage with some nice bottlings and I really enjoyed it, so let’s continue the adventure today with three more references.

Valinch & Mallet Caroni 1997-2016 (51.8%, cask #100, 300 bottles)

Colour: Copper.
Nose: That’s not an explosive nose as you can expect it from a Caroni, that’s more fruity and refined. It starts with exotic fruits such as mangoes, papayas and roasted pineapples. Then we have apple pie, citrus jam, vanilla, flour and some tar notes which remember you actually smell a Caroni.
Mouth: As fruity as the nose! That’s sweet and easy to sip but it has a nice aromatic strength in the same time. It’s also slightly acidulous with grapefruits, candied oranges, mangoes, pineapples, then it turns in more bitter notes with tar, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and peppermint. Overall well balanced mouth.
Finish: Long enough and drying. Menthol, vanilla, dark smoke and bitter cocoa.

If you like the powerful dirty Caronis you can actually move on but if (like me) you enjoy the fruitier ones, you’ll enjoy it for sure! A very nice fruity and well balanced one, good job!

Score: 90

Barmetro Caroni 1997-2017 (57%, cask #62, 390 bottles)

Colour: Copper.
Nose: The alcohol integration could have been a bit better to be honest but it remains decent. That’s fruity but it seems to be a bit struggled. Roasted pineapples, oranges, grapefruits, cake dough, menthol and fruit salad.
Mouth: Nice oily texture with a sweet introduction. Wood, tannins, chilies, black olives, caramelized pineapples, tar, menthol, bitter cocoa, cake dough and candied lemons.
Finish: Long. Peppermint, burnt wood, canon powder and sulfur.

This is too conventional in my opinion even if it’s not a bad rum at all.

Score: 85

Thompson Bro’s Caroni 1997-2018 (61.9%, 237 bottles)

Colour: Copper with some nice gold hues.
Nose: Even at this high ABV the alcohol integration is very nice. The profile seems to be very different than the two firsts. Mix of milk and dark chocolate, oranges, caramelized pineapples, roasted coconuts, mangoes, tar, metallic notes, leather and burnt caramel.
Mouth: Nice thick texture and it literally explodes in your mouth like a bomb! Oils, black fruits, peppermint, wet wood, black olives, mangoes, vanilla sugar, burnt caramel, bitter cocoa, grapefruits, licorice and toffee. Less fruity than the two others but what a pleasant evolutive mouth we have there!
Finish: Long and not surprisingly warm. Peppermint, vanilla cream, burnt wood, tar and some floral notes.

No misstep and it clearly brings something different. Very nice stuff!

Score: 91

The octopus won today, but the Valinch & Mallet wasn’t far away! But to be honest, we’re a bit too late to find these bottlings today, too bad. Cheers!

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