Clairin Vieux Sajous 2017 ex-Caroni Cask

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Clairin Vieux Sajous 2017 ex-Caroni Cask is a limited edition Haitian rum produced at the Chelo distillery, which is owned by Michel Sajous. The first idea behind Clairin Aged Bottlings was to send barrels having contained other spirits to Haiti to age Clairin. The results were conclusive, and after a year in casks, Clairin Ansyen was born.

Spirit of Haiti experimented with longer ageing period: beyond 3 years, to give birth to the “Vieux” editions. The spirit of Haiti also wanted to pay tribute to the three historical producers by offering a Vieux Sajous, a Vieux Vaval and a Vieux Casimir. For the first time this version of Vieux Sajous has been aged in Caroni casks. The third edition of Vieux Sajous highlights the impressive power f a distillate transcended by ageing in casks previously used for Trinidad’s famous rum Caroni. Once it has reached its full maturity, it allows a full expression of the marvellously exotic, floral, chocolate and powdery tones in its flavour palette.

This Clairin-style rum was aged in Haiti for 5 years in original ex-Caroni rum casks. A magnificent walkway between the world of Clairins and the world of rum, in terms of both flavours and aromas, this old Sajous shows extraordinary delicacy.

Distillery Chelo at St Michel de l’Attalaye is located about 100 kilometres north of Port au Prince, on the central plateau at an altitude of 450 metres in a magnificent natural enclave surrounded by mountains.

Third generation of the family Sajous, Michel Sajous, built the small distillery in 2004, located in the middle of a 30 hectare plantation growing different varieties of sugar cane among which is the rediscovered Cristalline. After harvest by hand, the canes are transported to the distillery with the help of mules with two loaded bags each.

Fermentation takes place using wild yeasts, and lasts between 5-7 days. The distillation is made from a small traditional pot still and then heated in a small artisanal column to achieve the required strength.


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Classification: Pure Single Rhum Agricole (Sugar Juice + 100% Pot Still)
Country: Haiti
Aged: 5 Years
Distillery: Chelo distillery, St Michel de l’Attalaye.
ABV: 52.14% / 700ml

$215.00 inc. GST

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Clairin Vieux Sajous 2017 ex-Caroni Cask – The Spirit of Haiti.

Haiti is the last rum frontier and “Clairin” is the native rum. No one before Velier had ever discovered the inconceivable: there are now 49 running distilleries in the entire Caribbean and no less than 532 in Haiti alone!

Small craft distilleries are scattered throughout the only Caribbean country that rebelled against slavery in 1804 and was shown the red card by the Western world. Today, Haiti is the only country that remains wonderfully “pure” with its original species of un-hybridised sugar cane, chemical-free farming, spontaneous fermentation with no yeasts, and archaic unfiltered distillation.

Unexplored and surprising aromaticity, not only for cane distillates, they are the only natural rums in the world! Haiti began as Cinderella and became a Princess!

Producers are everywhere, often in the middle of the sugar cane fields, mills in wood, stills and fermentation vats that are usually made of oak or mango. For many reasons, due to the lack of industrialisation, processes are still ancestral and it should be considered the best cane spirit possible.

The styles of the three producers selected by Velier are the true expressions of four different ‘terroir’. Their four Clairin are always quite different batch per batch, as all natural product. Clairin is the only natural rhum in the world.

Clairin is an artisanal sugarcane spirit, or rhum agricole, made from sugar cane juice with the exception of Clairin Le Rocher, which is made from sugar syrup.

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 is raw, flavourful, and as an all-natural spirit it is different from batch to batch, and is truly handmade the way it has been for the last 200 years.

Try this limited edition Clairin Vieux Sajous 2017 ex-Caroni Cask and the whole Clairin single estate range.


Weight 1.6 kg

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