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Le Clos launches a range of limited and extremely rare rums from the long-lost legendary Caroni distillery.

20th June 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates— Le Clos proudly announces the worldwide exclusive launch of the limited and highly sought-after Caroni rums, available at its airport boutiques. The range of fine rums is bottled by English bottler Bristol Spirits LTD, under the ownership of John Barrett. Bristol Spirits LTD advocates for rums in their purest forms, often centred on aged rums, that have been meticulously bottled in UK warehouses.

The Le Clos Dubai International Airport (DXB) boutiques have obtained one of the oldest and finest rums from the limited selection of Bristol Spirits, the Caroni 1997 and 1998 rums, that originates from the now-closed Caroni distillery in Trinidad & Tobago. The barrels were transported to England by Bristol Spirits LTD and carefully stored in John Barrett’s cellars in Gloucestershire. The UK’s colder and humid climate facilitates a slower maturation process, allowing the rum to develop organically in the reused wooden barrels.

Le Clos has especially successfully secured the rare and esteemed 1997-2019 ‘Classic Heavy Type Rum’ from Caroni. This extraordinary rum was distilled in 1997 using columns and matured for an impressive 22 years. Its cask strength of 56.4° features harmoniously blended aromas of oranges, lemons, vanilla, and toasted oak. A gentle hint of soft smoke fills the nose, creating a captivating experience that continues on the palate.

The remaining supply of many of the fine rums of Bristol Spirits, such as the Caroni 1997-2019, is highly limited, and once it’s digested, this exceptional rum will be gone forever. Le Clos now holds worldwide duty-free exclusivity on an exceptional selection of fine rums.


Editor’s notes:

Caroni 22-year-old 1997-2019 from Bristol Spirits LTD tasting notes:

Cask Strength 56.4°, distilled on the column still and bottled in England in 2019.


Colour: Full Gold


Nose: Aromas of oranges, lemons, vanilla, toasted oak and soft smoke.


Taste: A uniquely concentrated blend of stone fruits, almonds, smoke, nuts, and an abundance of complexity.


Finish: A long finish with a little more woody and tannic aromas.


About Le Clos

For the last fifteen years, Le Clos has hand-curated the world’s finest wines and luxury spirits cultivated through nurturing relationships with the world’s leading producers to offer unparalleled access to rare parcels and casks.

Our 8 boutiques located at the Dubai International Airport, including select spots in the Emirates First & Business Class Lounges, as well as arrivals and departures sections in terminals 1 & 3, are serviced by expert and knowledgeable teams who are dedicated to ensuring our clients find the perfect bottle for any occasion.

Over the past years, Le Clos has garnered more than 20 awards and accolades, including the distinguished “Airport Drinks Retailer of the Year” at the Drinks International Travel Retail Awards in 2017 and 2018. For additional information, please visit www.leclos.net, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ExploreLeClos.


About Bristol Spirits


Bristol Spirits Ltd. aims to only source and bottle single still or single estate spirits. After careful maturation, all are then bottled at relatively high strength between 43% – 47%, which is considered by the Trade to be the optimum for tasting and enjoying fine spirits. Many of their Rums have been aged in specially selected casks, drawing on the different benefits woods such as Port, Maderia, ex-Bourbon white oak and new French oak bring.

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  • Shop online & Collect in-store.

    Purchase your favourite wines and spirits from the comfort of your home or the sky and collect your purchases at Dubai International Airport.

    • On Arrival at DXB from our stores in Terminals 1 & 3 Baggage Claim area
    • On Departure at DXB from our stores in Terminals 1 & 3

    Our portfolio is continuously updated. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, please email info@leclos.net. Our team of experts is ready to assist you.

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  • Visit one of Le Clos’ nine stores in Terminals 1 & 3 at Dubai International Airport and our newly opened Le Clos Emirates Hills at the Montgomerie Golf Academy.

    The Le Clos international team of experts scours the globe for the finest wines and spirits, uncovering unique gems and introducing them first to Dubai and the Middle East. With their unwavering attention to detail, our experts are available to offer guidance and recommend new delights to enrich your gatherings or enhance your wine collection.

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