Karukera Double Maturation

Karukera Double Maturation-RG2

Product of:  Guadeloupe, FWI
Aged:  8 years
Price:  €145 ($158) purchased  in Guadeloupe
Alcohol: 45.4% ABV
Sugar: 0-5 g/L 
Context: Agricole Rhum Vieux  
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes 
Karukera Double Maturation rhum delivers certain clues of it’s pedigree after pulling the tight natural cork stopper.   A complex bouquet of wood and sugarcane-derived alcohol gently welcome your nose, hinting toward an exciting tasting experience.

In the glass, a copper-brown color slightly obscures the minute flocculants suspended in the rhum.  Held against a light, they add sparkle, and probably even more flavor, considering the lack of filtration.  Legs are fewer in number but long, lithe and almost permanent in their duration.

Aromas are potent, with crisp oak contributing vanilla and cognac tannins, some mild char, spice, underripe mango, toasted marshmallow, a bit of bandaid and phenols.  All of that complexity come together in perfect harmony during your first taste.  The rhum is complete, mature, balanced, complex and full of its own opinions about what rhum should taste like.  A pleasantly mild flavor of woody star anise spice, so characteristic of rhums agricole, appears as the finish lingers before drying.

Karukera Double Maturation rhum was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2012 after aging in both used Bourbon and Cognac oak barrels.  Apparently 2056 70 cl bottles were produced, and Rum Gallery tasted bottle # 0795 from barrel no. 238.

Let the buyer be ware: secondary maturation is not always a good thing.  It is a technique too often used as a method for adding a top layer of extracted barrel flavor from another spirit to what may be an otherwise indifferent rum.  In the worst cases the other spirit is basically just blended into the rum, and the used cask may provide little more than a container.  

However, this is Karukera Double Maturation rhum, another gem from the Longueteau distillery located on the island of Base Terre, Guadeloupe.  And in this case, Karukera double matures an already great rhum in used Bourbon and Cognac barrels to creates a fine agricole with an extra touch of complexity.  Sante!

Reviewed: December 2015 at The Rum Gallery, USA, and while sailing around the islands of Guadeloupe during October of that year.  

© Dave Russell 2017