CLAIRIN Casimir Ansyen 22 months

Traditional Clairin – 51.8%, 70cl
Single Cask #CA17MG-1 – Ex-Rhum
Limited Edition of 162 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Composed of White Hawaii and Red Hawaii, two non-hybrid versions of sugar cane, the Casimir plantation is located in Baradères, in the western tip of Haiti. It is owned by Faubert Casimir, who is lagrely considered to be one of the region’s greatest distillers. Each cane is harvested only once completely mature. To develop the aromatic richness of their clairins, during fermentation lemongrass leaves, cinnamon and occasionally ginger are added to the cane juice. Like the wines produced from pre-phylloxera vines, this version, aged for 22 months in an ex-rum cask, has an unbelievably delicate mouthfeel that pays a stunning tribute to its terroir.

Colour: golden yellow.

Description

refined, complex. On the first nose, notes of freshly cut cane take centre-stage. Beeswax then underscores the influence of a very refined wood. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of olive and forest floor (mushroom), tobacco, heady florals (geranium, rose) and heather. Gradually, intense aromas of stewed exotic fruits (mango, banana, pineapple) get the measure of an aromatic palette that has many more secrets to reveal.

elegant, balanced. With a very pleasant vegetal softness (cut hay, straw), the attack takes on the exotic register of the nose, whilst also being very spicy (pepper, candied ginger). The unctuous mid-palate is first chocolatey and apricotey, before becoming empyreumatic (pine resin, cedar). A delicious tapenade flavour brings out the rich and oily character of the end of the palate.

long, assertive. At the start of the finish, spice notes (ginger, cinnamon) appear alongside heady florals (geranium, frangipani). The expression of the terroir has reached its peak. Next, dried mango and candied lemon bring the energy required to ensure lots of length. On the retro-nasal olfaction, subtle herbaceous (verbena, sage) and chocolate notes shrewdly refresh the palate.

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