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CLAIRIN 2017 Le Rocher 46,5%

Rhum De Melasse, Haiti, 70cl, Ref: 53985

2017 marks the launch of a new Clairin, Le Rocher is the big news of 2017! We have a new Clairin, from an already legendary producer: Romulus Bethel’s site is located in Pignon, in the arrondissement of Saint-Raphael in the department of the North, no more than an hour of dirt road from St. Michel, the village where Sajous site is. Le Rocher is produced from syrup, not from pure juice. The syrup is boiled in order to preserve all the aromas of the rum while retaining the character of the three varieties of cane. Le Rocher is a 100% natural single pot still rum, bottled 'still proof' without any dilution, as per the Clairin protocol. Romelus is quiet religious, reason why he chose the name Le Rocher which derives from the verses of the Gospel of Matthew 7: 24-27 "The foolish man builds the house on the sand and instead the wise man builds it on the rock". Le Rocher distillery is built on rock.

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Traditional Haiti ! These highly artisanal eaux-de-vie, similar to white agricole rums, have long been the most popular drink in the remotest, poorest regions of Haiti. Bottled at natural strength, these three bottlings come from three different distilleries but have aspects in common: pure, well balanced alcohols capable of evolving interestingly and expressively in the glass. The Brazilian have cachaça, the Haitian have clairin!

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The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges.

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