Caroni 23 years 1998 - 2021 #45 The Whisky Jury for SIPS Antwerp

Single Cask Rum

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Content Size
0.7 liter
Alcohol percentage
23 years
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American Oak Refill Barrrel
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€ 569,95 (incl. VAT)


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Spring Spirits is a company owned by Manuel Wouters, who is famous in Belgium as the bartender of the Sips bar in Antwerp, one of the first and still one of the leading cocktail bars of Belgium. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the bar, he approached The Whisky Jury and selected this Caroni rum, a 1998 vintage with 12 years of tropical ageing and 11 more years on the continent.

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten ( 90/100

Nose: menthol, liquorice, eucalyptus, hints of cigar leaves and humidors. Hints of juniper and metal polish. Pencil shavings. It’s certainly not the most diesel-y / phenolic Caroni, this feels more rounded and balanced, with hints of nutty biscuits and raisins in the background.

Mouth: more punchy now, with lots of (salty) liquorice, spearmint and herbal (almost medicinal) notes. Hints of tar and plastics. Rather oak-driven, but there’s also well-overripe pineapple and a hint of citrus, as well as sultanas in the background. Some camphor and mint extract too.

Finish: very long, with earthy notes, herbs and drying cedar wood.

By Caroni standards this is quite a rounded, balanced rum, with some petrol and varnish but also a series of sweeter notes. A perfect choice for a bar. I believe you can purchase a bottle at Spis or their restaurant Mill-Hill

Tasting notes by Serge Valentin ( 90 points

Colour: deep gold – amber.

Nose: smoke some Werther's Originals using beech wood and add a touch of juniper and you'll recreate this. Congrats. With water: new tyres and scuba diving suits, plus a boy-size pack of strawberry drops. No, this is not Port Ellen 20 yo.

Mouth (neat): some sweet rubber this time, and smoked Swiss cheese indeed. This is very unusual, it reminds of when we used to throw cream cheese (La Vache Qui Rit) on the bonfire when I was a boy-scout. Or was it when I was a corporal in the army? Well I'm joking a bit, this is much better. Big rubbery and smoky chocolate and orange combo. Barbecued Jaffa cakes? With water: classic salty and herbal rubbery unfolding. Sweeter rubber, school glue…

Finish: long, saltier. Dry green olives kicking in, probably Spanish (come on). Liquorice in the aftertaste.

Comments: a tad unusual or even deviant, but as good as it gets.

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