The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has partnered with to sell an exquisite and rare rum – Caroni 1997. The rum was gifted to the charity by the Worshipful Company of Distillers (WCD) for the purpose of raising funds.

This rum is from the famous, but alas now closed Caroni Distillery in Trinidad. The distillery was established in 1923 on the site of the old Caroni Sugar factory, in 2001 the Trinidad government sold a 49 per cent holding in Rum Distillers Limited (Caroni’s Rum division) to Angostura. Caroni finally closed in 2002. It was noted for its Single cask heavy rum which it manufactured for the Royal Navy.

Timeless distinction

This particular batch was bottled and labelled ready to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines in 2014. As the commemorative label says ‘Timeless Distinction’, equally as pertinent to both the Royal Marines and Caroni 97. This is the last chance to purchase this limited edition rare rum via The Rum Club website, with all proceeds going directly to the RNRMC.

Of the partnership, Giles Collighan, Director of The Rum Club: “Given that Vince and I are both veterans of the Royal Navy and based in Portsmouth this is a fantastic opportunity for us to help a charity which we have fervently supported over many years.”

Samantha Curd, Chief Financial Officer at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, added: “For hundreds of years rum has been synonymous with the Royal Navy. While the tradition of issuing a daily ration – or tot – is a thing of the past, its roots are never forgotten.

“As such we’re delighted to be in partnership The Rum Club. We hope that rum fans and supporters of our Royal Navy and Royal Marines will equally enjoy the taste of Caroni 1997.”