A new single cask rum was recently released by the independent bottler The Duchess. This time it is a 20 year old rum from the Caroni distillery in Trinidad. Distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2018 at 64,6% from cask 19.
On the nose I can find ripe bananas, sultanas, hint of wood spices, tobacco, liquorice, plums, nuts, dried mango, red apples and pepper. The palate has some thick heavy flavours with a hint of bitterness from salty liquorish and dark coffee.
Adding some water to it changes the nose into something that is more gentle and shows more fruit flavours. The palate is also less bitter and the sweeter notes get a chance to come forward and show more vanilla, red apples, banana, ginger and a hint of passionfruit.
Thanks Best of Whiskies for sharing a sample of this rum expression from The Duchess collection!