Nicholson Trinidad (%, J&W Nicholson London, +/-1970) When I write %, that’s rather GL, so Gay-Lussac, so almost 43% vol. Let’s see if this old merchant’s Trinidadian could be a Caroni… Colour: amber. Nose: ah yes, these very typical and topical grassy and phenolic notes are well there at first nosing, but we’re rather around bicycle inner tube and almond milk than plain engine oil and olives. Plus cardboard and sawn wood. The fact is that that was just a flash, as the whole becomes much lighter after just three seconds. Lighter, but still lively and much to my liking, like a great old dry white Bordeaux. Mouth: no, it sill roars, with this roughish, phenolic, liquorice, salty and briny style. Some menthol, smoked tea, black and green olives, grass wine (yes), sugarcane, smoked kippers, tar, liquorice… Finish: perhaps not ‘Caroni long’, but always with these salty, smoky, sappy notes. A touch of rubber again. Comments: so, Caroni or not Caroni? It’s lighter than a heavy Caroni, and heavier than a light Caroni. Maybe was it a blend of both styles? SGP:463 - 85 points.