CHARBAY Winery & Distillery remains an independent family business owned by Miles and Susan Karakasevic. They work side by side with their son Marko & his wife, Jenni, to carry on the inherited artisan traditions. The family is one of the early pioneers in the modern American artisan distillery movement. They began distilling in California in 1983 with Alambic Pot Still Brandy and haven’t stopped since then. Marko is Generation XIII to carry on the family’s European heritage of fermenting & distilling. It’s hard to find someone with a more spontaneous love of the art form all grounded in solid experience. This family is hands on and it shows in the quality of everything they bottle. Based in Napa Valley, the family lives and works admidst peaceful pine trees on Spring Mountain above St. Helena – at the affectionately known as “The Still on the Hill”. Creativity and passion are grounded with a powerful professional background.
n 2005, Miles and Marko envisioned creating an ultra-smooth, floral rum distilled in Charbay’s traditional 100% copper pot still made from sugar cane syrup that they sourced Hawaiian and Jamaican sugar cane syrup for its fresh cane fragrance.
A decade later, Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic opted to release Charbay Double Aged Rum uncut and unfiltered to share the rum’s full profile. Barrel/cask-strength: 136.8 proof (68.4% abv.)
Total production: 468 cases – ONLY 120 CASES TO BE RELEASED IN 2016.
Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 98 points.
NOSE: Savory plantain and overripe banana mix with juicy nectarines and brown sugar.
PALATE: Earthy, fruity, tropical fruit, peppery spice.
FINISH: Long, drying, oak, pepper, dusty.
Very limited. One per customer, please.