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Caroni 2000 Velier Special Edition Nita -Nitz- Hogan 3rd Release - One of 1247 - bottled 2020 Full Proof

  • 65.20% |
  • 0.70L

A Caroni distilled in 2000 and bottled at cask strength in 2020 by Velier for the Employees range dedicated to the distillery’s staff—in this case Nita Hogan, who worked at the site for over 30 years. Eight casks were selected and blended to produce 1,247 bottles. Velier was founded in Genoa by Casi…More info

  • Distillery: Caroni
  • Appellation: Rhum, Heavy Rhum
  • Country/Region: Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 base of neck
  • State: 1 good appearance

Lot presentation
Caroni 2000 Velier Special Edition Nita -Nitz- Hogan 3rd Release - One of 1247 - bottled 2020 Full Proof

Cuvée presentation

A Caroni distilled in 2000 and bottled at cask strength in 2020 by Velier for the Employees range dedicated to the distillery’s staff—in this case Nita Hogan, who worked at the site for over 30 years. Eight casks were selected and blended to produce 1,247 bottles. Velier was founded in Genoa by Casimir Chaix in 1947. It was originally a small, family-run business specializing in the import and distribution of wine and spirits. Luca Gargano, a former representative for Saint James and serious rum collector and enthusiast, bought the business in 1986 and began bottling whisky first in 1992 and then rum in 1996. It was in 1996 that Gargano bottled his first Demerara rums. In 2004, Gargano was invited to Guyana to select casks by his friend Yesu Persaud, then the CEO of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). This partnership ended in 2015 when Persaud retired, but the rums bottled in the meantime became legendary. The same can be said for the Caroni casks he bought in 2005, two years after the distillery closed, following a visit to Trinidad with Fredi Marcarini the previous year to take photos. These two lines of bottlings built the renown of Velier, today also known for its work in other parts of the Caribbean, such as Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and Marie-Galante. Rums selected by Velier are only ever aged in a tropical climate, which explains both their concentration and the high angels’ share. They are generally bottled at cask strength or just below.

The distillery Caroni

The Caribbean, Trinidad. Distillery closed, site dismantled.

In 1975, under pressure from across the country, the government of Trinidad nationalized a number of companies, including Tate & Lyle, the English giant of sugar production and owner of Caroni Ltd since 1937. The very competitive economic context, however, led to the closure of the island's sugar refineries and the collapse of the molasses production required for the production of rum. In 2001, the government sold its shares in Rum Distillers Ltd (Caroni) to Angostura and closed the distillery in 2002. Caroni Ltd would be definitively liquidated on 31 July 2003. In October 2004, Luca Gargano, the CEO of the Italian spirit distributor Velier and a passionate rum enthusiast and photographer, visited Trinidad to carry out research for a future report. There he found the site abandoned and, within its cellars, a huge stock of barrels, some distilled in 1974. The story of Caroni began in 2005 and the distillery immediately became the subject of lore.

Detailed characteristics

  • Distillery: Caroni
  • Vintage: 2000
  • Bottler: Velier
  • Appellation: Heavy Rhum
  • Country/Region: Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Alcohol percentage: 65.20 %
  • Volume: 0.70L
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 base of neck
  • State: 1 good appearance
  • Case: Yes
  • Origin: Trade
  • Recoverable VAT: Yes
  • Color: Brown
Caroni 2000 Velier Special Edition Nita -Nitz- Hogan 3rd Release - One of 1247 - bottled 2020 Full Proof
Caroni 2000 Velier Special Edition Nita -Nitz- Hogan 3rd Release - One of 1247 - bottled 2020 Full Proof

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