Karukera Rhum Blanc 50%

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Product of:  Guadeloupe, FWI
Aged:  NA
Price:  €11 (~$12) on Guadeloupe
Alcohol: 50% ABV
Sugar: 0 g/L 
Context: Rhum Blanc Agricole  
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes
Whereas the rhum is crystal clear and colorless, the appearance provides some entertainment.   Swirling initiates a solid ring of beads, but  legs are very slow to form and most evaporate before making their way back into the rhum.  No matter, such behavior helps deliver a potent dose of vegetal sugarcane aromas, telling your nose in certain terms that this is a big white agricole.  That delightfully pungent scent is followed quickly by sweet butter, the alcohol of fermenting cane and decaying fibers, with a little rubbery band-aid and a suggestion of star anise.  Yet, even at 50% ABV, the nose is thankfully underwhelmed with astringent ethanol. It’s not an overly complex rhum, but it scores high on delivering sugarcane juice authenticity.  My reaction to the first sip is: “Oh yeah, this is just what I crave after experiencing the aromas.”  A medium weight body delivers incredibly succulent alcohol and sugarcane flavor, then a little white pepper enhances a reasonably long and dry finish.

Karukera rhum blanc is made exclusively from the juice of Blue sugarcane, prized by many agricole distilleries.  Selected because of its aromatic qualities, the Blue Cane is harvested on a 70 hectare (172 acre) plantation of the Field of Marquisat of Sainte-Marie located in the area of Guadeloupe known as Capesterre Belle-Eau (literally: Beautiful Water).  Legend has it that’s where Christopher Columbus landed on the island in November 1493.  What we know as Guadeloupe today was called Karukera by the indigenous Caribbean people.

Karukera Bottlecap

Karukera rhum blanc agricole is the genuine article.  Imagine your standing at the output pipe of a Guadeloupe creole column still, pulling fresh spirit off to your mouth’s content. That’s this rhum.

At the outset of writing this review I planned to sip Karukera rhum blanc agricole neat, in both my go-to cognac glass and a classic auricle sipping flute (which is essentially a small Glencairn propped up on a thin 1.5-inch stem to replace the typical Scottish conical knob).  Diligent methodology yields consistency.  The second phase of evaluation, drinking the rhum as it was intended, i.e: in a ‘Ti Punch, was unnecessary.  I could sip this big white Karukera all day with no embellishment.  But, soldier on I did - for you - and yeah; try the ‘Ti Punch too.

Reviewed: while sailing around the French West Indies May and November 2014, and in August 2015 at The Rum Gallery, USA.  

© Dave Russell 2017