A salty and savoury clairin Ã¢â¬â Haitian white rhum style Ã¢â¬â bottled by Velier.
Fritz Vaval ownes the Arrawaks distilley in Cavaillon, which the Vaval distillery has owned since 1947. Vaval owns 20 hectares of land with Madame Meuze sugar cane, which is what this clairin is distilled from.
Clean and sharp, the salinity is balanced with floral notes. As with all of the Velier clairins, the terroir is king.
One of the most exciting rum imports of recent years, Clairin represents a style of rhum drunk locally but rarely seen outside of Haiti. Clairin is distilled from cane sugar in the style of a white rum but, made by traditional methods and bottled at still strength, is less refined and often Ã¢â¬ËrawerÃ¢â¬â¢. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s often compared to rum as mezcal is to tequila.
This selection of Clairin has been chosen by Luca GarganoÃ¢â¬â¢s European importer Velier. No pesticides or herbicides are used in the farming, sugarcane is cut by hand and immediately transferred to a distillery for fermentation. The organic cane and natural yeast prompts spontaneous wild fermentation. The stills are heated by direct flame.
There are approximately 50 distilleries in the Caribbean, but over 500 in Haiti. Exports are usually blended from a number of these distilleries, so this series is a very rare chance to experience these distillery-specific clairin in their purest form, just as the locals do.
- White Rum