Aged: No age statement
Caroni, a now legendary rum distillery on the island of Trinidad, closed in 2001 after 83 years of production, but casks of its rum lay forgotten in the ageing warehouse until being discovered in 2004. This exceptional gin was aged in one of those casks.
Engine Gin is made with organic neutral wheat alcohol vacuum distilled with five 100% organic Italian botanicals:
Sampled on 24/10/2023
Piney juniper, zesty citrus, diesel, rubber, rosemary and sage.
Rubber and petrol-like notes from Caroni rum combine brilliantly with sage and juniper-forward Engine Gin.
Juniper spice, rubber and sage.
Many "cask aged" gins are tannic, over-aged and best avoided. However, some are good and very few are exceptional; this is one of the few. The mellowing effect of cask ageing on the juniper spice is profound, while the notes imparted by the Caroni rum are much more impactful than from the oak, indeed, the lack of discernable colour leached from wood is a sign its subtly. Engine Caroni works brilliantly in a five-to-one Dry Martini, stirred without adding orange bitters, with a lemon zest twist expressed and discarded and finished with a skewered chilled and rinsed green olive.
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