The first three rums introduced in the new series are Caroni 1998 Soca, Caroni 1998 Calypso and Caroni 1996 Parang. All of them are single cask and cask strength (ABV 69,3%, 63,8% and 63,5%), matured in the tropical conditions in the warehouses on the Trinidad island and in Guyana. The first two were bottled as 20 YO, and the third one as 22 YO rum. The number of marketed bottles is strictly limited and amounts to 215 for Soca, 220 for Calypso and 245 for Parang.
These editions come from the legendary closed distillery from Trinidad and Tobago. The production in the walls of the Caroni plant was stopped in 2002 and currently no new spirits are manufactured there. All that was left are casks full of extraordinary rum, successively disappearing from warehouses of the new owners to reach the market in bottles. Among the rum aficionados, they have already gained an iconic status and are sought-after as no one really knows the day when the last Caroni casks will be bottled.
Rums from this particular legendary Caribbean distillery have been selected by Jack Tar Holding in order to start building a new product family called Music! Series. It will include short editions of high-quality single cask rums. Each edition will refer with its setting to a selected music genre which was established in the Caribbean basin and plays an important role in the local pop culture. In case of the Caroni rums described here these are Soca, Calypso and Parang – three styles that emerged and developed in Trinidad and Tobago.
The first of them sprang up in the seventies and is currently an inherent element of every carnival party on Trinidad. This is why in Caroni 1998 Soca edition the label and the box are embellished with a drawing that depicts a carnival female dancer. Calypso however is a music genre which sprang up in Trinidad in the 18th century and has always been an important element of political expression and documented the social life of the island’s population. In the Caroni 1998 Calypso edition, the label and the box have been ornamented with an image of a man playing the steelpan – an instrument created on Trinidad and used traditionally by musicians performing this music style. The last presented genre is parang, which is particularly popular in this island country during Christmas and special festivals that take place there from October to January each year. Moreover, the colours of the labels and boxes of the described editions refer to colours of the Trinidad flag and remind that Caroni was a state distillery.
The entity responsible for this unique series of products is Jack Tar Holding, a subsidiary of the Polish company Wealth Solutions which creates and sells ultra luxurious editions of whisky, cognac and other premium products. The new company’s mission is to build a broad portfolio of alcoholic beverages from various market segments, such as vodka, cognac, gin, mead, or rum itself.
“I am very delighted that we can present today the result of our many months’ work and that the Music! Series starts with rums from such an extraordinary distillery as Caroni. They clearly show what kind of series it will be – full of high-quality, unique spirits with an interesting history. The kind that will satisfy any real rum aficionado,” said Łukasz Baranowski, the Managing Director at Jack Tar Holding.
More information on the Music! Series of rums, the described editions, as well as how to buy them can be found on Wealth Solutions’ website at: http://en.wealth.pl/our-projects/caroni-2/