Every two years, Caroni released a tad older um under this 100% Trinidad rum label. This 17-year-old Caroni does impress for sure. Some even call it the best release from the range! The state-run Caroni Distillery on the Caribbean island of Trinidad was a famous producer of heavy rums in the 20th century, but the island’s sugar-growing industry collapsed and the distillery was shut down in 2002. Rum expert Luca Gargano, CEO of the renowned Italian bottling company Velier, discovered a large stock of vintage rum barrels in the distillery’s old warehouses while on a research trip in Trinidad. The majority of Caroni’s remaining stock is now in the hands of Velier, who occasionally release highly sought-after bottlings of this rare rum. Caroni 17 Years Old 100% Trinidad Rum 110 Proof was distilled in February 1998 and matured for 17 years in the tropics. It was bottled in November 2015 at 55% ABV.