Back to leGus’t where we stayed on a very nice impression with the two previous bottlings, his « demeroni » that make quite good vibes …
So this day is the last declination of these demerara’s « Caroni style », always with the version « full proof » and another « optimum proof » wich is the one that would be the most enjoyable tasting for the bottler.
Optimum Proof (58.8%)
Color: pale gold, rather oily
Nose: very fruity, on orange, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar … and a hint of garage oil 🙂
This nose is rather generous despite the 58 watts of this version and remains very greedy and pastry chef.
Affiliation with the late Trinidad distillery is still there.
Palate: Bold, oil, dirty, vanilla, fruits, almonds, pear, apple, wood.
It’s very sweet, creamy, on citrus fruits, vanilla and a fine oak. Notes of spices such as nutmeg are also present as well as a hint of licorice.
Price: 145 €
Conclusion: a beautiful caroni … er a beautiful demerara pleasure, greedy and generous. Very simple and pleasant to taste, I really like the work and the care given to the reduction. Well done guys !
Full Proof (65.7%)
Color: substantially the same as the optimum version.
Nose: quite closed to the first nose, the one opens after a few minutes on the fruits with lemon, clementines, orange, and a big burnt caramel.
Spices including nutmeg are also present but more discreet.
The power is here more restrictive and alcohol is actually quite present.
Palate: caroni full with oil, hydrocarbons, stewed fruit, wood with a slight astringency in the finish.
Crazy length on dark chocolate, licorice.
Price: 162 €
Conclusion: nice full proof version but still much less pleasant to tasting than the optimum … if I had to crack it would be clearly for the reduced version that brings more elegance and softness.
In all cases, two very beautiful products …