21-year-old Caroni? Yes please! The latest installment of Velier’s 100% Trinidad rum is bottled fun! We love the retro label featuring some sailors from yesteryear. 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 21 Years Old 100% Trinidad Rum 100 Imperial Proof was distilled in February 1996 and matured in the tropics for 21 years. It was bottled in April 2017 at 57.18%, the equivalent of the traditional 100 imperial proof.