Clairin Sonson Single Village Rum

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Clairin Sonson Single Village Rum is the 5th and latest addition to Velier’s very solid line of Clairins. This is made by master distiller Stephan Kalil Souad in the village of Cabaret using a traditional open fired pot still. Stephan also grows and produces his rum from a fantastic local cane called Madame Meuze. This local cane variety is cultivated on 25 hectares that also shares the space with banana and other fruit trees. Once harvested, the sugar cane is pressed and slowly reduced to syrup, and fermented spontaneously using natural yeasts.

This is an amazing flavour bomb of a rum unlike any other you have ever tasted (unless of course you have tasted the other 4 Clairin Single Village releases or the Clairin Communal blend)!

Tasting Notes: On the nose this is absolutely delightful. Loads of fruit, rhubarb, with some spearmint. Yet grounded with a baseline of earthy notes. Complex and delicious. On the palate reveals Vegetal, Salty, and Savoury notes with Treacle and Overripe cherries. Loads of the rhubarb from the nose. A very clever, complex and delicious rum.

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Classification: Pure Single Rum (Sugar Juice + 100% Pot Still)
Country: Haiti
Aged: unaged
Distillery: Distillerie Sonson Pierre-Gilles
ABV: 53.2% / 700ml

$99.99 inc. GST

In stock

Clairin Sonson Single Village Rum from Haiti is the last frontier of rum, and rum in Haiti is known as Clairin (kleren), a spirit unique only to Haiti with deep cultural ties. It is the rum of the people.

Clairin – a funky, full flavoured style of rum made in Haiti, generally from fresh crushed cane juice or sugar cane syrup. These spirits are made in tiny quantities by expert artisan producers. Clairin is very special (we would even say exciting) juice with a unique flavour profile. There are hundreds of Clairin ‘micro-distillers’ in Haiti, each with a quite distinct product, often family secret rum styles – the result of generations of learning & perfecting.

In exploring the island, Velier discovered the unthinkable: in the whole of the Caribbean combined there are only 49 operating distilleries, but in Haiti there are over 500! The distilleries are artisan productions with most of them being small shacks dotted around the countryside, producing for the consumption of their own villages. Locally, Clairin can be bought roadside from big plastic jugs. It has never been previously bottled and it plays an important role in Haitian culture, and is an essential part of daily life in Haiti.

Clairin is the only natural rum in the Caribbean! Producers are everywhere; often in the middle of sugar cane fields one can find wooden mills, stills and fermentation vats that are typically made of oak or mango wood. Clairin is made from indigenous cane varieties, non-hybridized, with no chemical interference in the agriculture.

Due to the lack of industrialization, their processes are still ancestral. They are spontaneously fermented with no yeast selected, distillation is archaic, and there is no filtration. This is because Haiti is the only Caribbean territory who rebelled against slavery and actually won the revolution in 1804, and today it is the only country that has remained untouched from industrialization. Haiti is wonderfully “pure” and in some ways, it’s so far in the ‘past’ that it’s in the future!

Clairin is considered to be the highest quality cane spirit with undiscovered and amazing aromatics. In the world of rum, enthusiasts
and bartenders have a new frontier of taste to explore.

Similar to Mezcal, the process of making it is:

  • entirely organic and pesticide free;
  • hand cut, native grown sugarcane;
  • spontaneous fermentation with no added yeasts
  • once distilled in fire or steam heated pot stills to bottling proof

Clairin Sonson Single Village Rum is truly handmade the way it has been for the last 200 years, bursting with flavour and true expression showcasing Haitian terroir!

Weight 1.5 kg

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