Excellence Rhum is back with two bottlings from Trinidad. Some recent TDL bottlings showed great things so let’s see if this one follows the same trend.
Excellence Rhum TDL 2003-2021 (65.6%, cask #19, 250 bottles)
Nose: That’s it, a dirty TDL profile. That’s full of forest berries, leather, raspberries, blackcurrant, eucalyptus, pine wood, menthol, brown sugar, citruses, vanilla, white chocolate, maple syrup and goji berries. That’s not the most complex nose ever but it’s quite effective.
Mouth: Nice thick texture, it’s warm with a nice alcohol integration. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, leather, bitter almonds, burnt caramel, mint, eucalyptus, burnt wood, chilies and quinces. There’s a bit too much bitterness at the end of the mouth.
Finish: Long and bitterish. Vanilla cream, mint, cola, eucalyptus candies, burnt caramel and some spices.
Maybe slightly too bitter for me but it remains a solid TDL selection for sure.
Excellence Rhum Caroni 1998-2021 (65.2%, cask #46, 225 bottles)
Colour: Dark gold.
Nose: Surprisingly sweet nose for this ABV. We have lot of butter, orange blossom, grapefruits, blood oranges, almonds, peaches, cake dough, oil, burnt wood, toffee, eucalyptus, tobacco, vanilla and leather. Complex and well balanced.
Mouth: Nice oily texture with a great alcohol integration as well. The mouth is more dirty, even close to being peated. Oil, leather, burnt rubber, burnt caramel, bitter almonds, menthol, mangoes and some roasted notes. Pleasant and well balanced also but it could’ve been slightly more expressive.
Finish: Long. Burnt wood, custard cream, eucalyptus freshness, fresh soil, smoke, mangoes and some floral notes.
I miss that little extra thing but it’s clearly far from what you can imagine when reading Caroni 65.2%, that’s a refined one and I enjoyed it.
Two solid bottlings that deserve attention, even more if you love Trinidad dirty rums!