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SAJOUS Clairin 51%
Rhum Agricole, Haiti, 70cl, Ref: 19802
Our experts reviews“ Si le monde du rhum n'avait été composé que de produits lisses, codés et normés, le Clairin n'aurait jamais trouvé sa place ! Heureusement, dès 2013, nous avons eu la chance de découvrir ce magnifique et authentique rhum blanc d’Haïti ! Une véritable sensation forte pour tout amateur de pur jus de canne à sucre, un véritable hymne à une nature préservée où les cannes endémiques poussent sans ajout de produit chimique. Michel Sajous produit son Clairin à partir de la canne cristalline, ici la canne est au cœur du sujet, mêlée à l’olive, aux fruits exotiques et autres herbes fraîchement coupées. Un voyage sans retour dans les Caraïbes.
Benoist - Conseiller Spiritueux
To the north of Port-au-Prince, near Saint-Michel de l’Attalaye, Mi - chel Sajous built a distillery in the very place where the former fami - ly-run establishment once stood. Over 30 hectares, he grows several varieties of sugar cane in accordance with organic methods, inclu - ding ‘cristalline’. Once the sugar has been extracted, he makes his marvellously thick and fruity clairin using concentrated cane syrup from the steam produced by the bagasse.
Small batch Profile: very rich nose. The palate is drier. Spices, heady florals and mustard seeds. Long, generous finish.
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- Appearance : colourless
- Nose : full-bodied, rich. The sugar cane juice in the opening radiates beauty. It reveals itself to be softly syrupy and liquorice-infused, as well as chocolatey. An oily texture rises to the fore. Powerful spices (cloves, nutmeg) gradually take over every nook and cranny of the aromatic palette. It is nourished by exotic fruits (pineapple, mango, banana), artichoke hearts and dried fruits and nuts (walnut, almond, fig).
- Palate : clear, lively. Drier and tauter than the nose lets on, its attack is crisp and powerful. Heady florals (dahlia, peony) co-exist with sugar-packed oranges. Next, the spices (cumin, star anise) and mustard seed add tones to the back of the palate as it unfurls against a backdrop of lychee.
- Overall : long, gourmand. It offers up a clear taste of sugarloaf. Crystalline, it is remarkably fresh while heady (iris, lily) too. Full of exotic flair, the retro-nasal olfaction makes a natural return to the still room, with its clouds of hazelnutscented and herbaceous (cut hay, harvested sugar cane) steam. The empty glass is deliciously vanilla-scented and roasted (coffee, praline).
- The brand
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!
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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