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Posted about 2 months ago by András Péter Balogh from Hungary with 41 ratings

I really like every Clairin but the backstory of this is why I prefer this as one of my favorites. Pure, spirit driven, round and tastefull, it is what I search in a agricole...

Posted 3 months ago by Per71 from Sweden with 35 ratings

Terrible... Just terrible ! Grassy notes with lots of alcohol....

Posted 4 months ago by ElPato from Norway with 23 ratings

Clairins are the funky, voodoo-infused cousins of agricoles but Vaval is the young and most reckless one.
Nose reveals a yeast strain reminiscent of lambic beers, restrained rubber and cottonsedge.
Palate with aniseed and citrus, esters and grass notes. Aftertaste is a bit brief after a hefty main act.

This was my first clairin, but compared to Sajous and Casimir it is a bit more clumsy. Great entry level clairin, though.

Posted at Hidden Harbor 4 months ago by beeporama (PREMIUM) from United States with 23 ratings

It is damn amazing that I can sit in a Pittsburgh tiki bar and enjoy several rhums made with "spontaneous" fermentation in a "homemade unique pot still" on a farm halfway around the world. The unique methods produce a unique spirit that's kind of hard to rate. Clairin might not be to everyone's taste, but I'd urge every rum nerd to at least try a glass if they have the opportunity. (The reasonable price point should help.)

In a single sitting, I tried three Clairin brought to us by Velier. Like the others (Clairin Le Rocher and Clairin Sajous) it's a mix of Jamaican and Martinique/agricole styles. This one is HEAVY esthers on the nose, all kinds of spoiled banana and tropical fruit, a heavy smell that carries and makes me want to sit an open glass in my room like an air freshener. When tasting it, though, I get gentle flavors of grass and hay.

After drinking some straight, I found it phenomenal as a very simple ti' punch; just a little lime peel and a few drops of cane syrup complimented this one perfectly.

Posted 4 months ago by JeffBuck from United States with 80 ratings

Smells/tastes like a blend of grassy Rhum Agricole and a medium ester Jamaican...but still something very unique that can only be described as CLAIRIN!

Posted 9 months ago by M.R.J. from Finland with 203 ratings

Primitive means great! Small pot still, a rum full of esters and congeners. WOW.

Posted 10 months ago by Smovens from United States with 87 ratings

Salinity, aggressive flavors, but not too intense or harsh. Tastes somewhat like excellent baiju mixed with Agricole

Posted about 1 year ago by Bart from Belgium with 48 ratings

White rum is not my thing. Only good for cocktails. Wrong. This one is worth sipping straight. Tropical fruit, bit like 'grappa', eau de vie, licquorish, still not 'my' thing, but I'm sure there are fans out there. Worth a try.

Posted over 1 year ago by MiKli from Czech Republic with 66 ratings

White, better taste than smell. Burn more at the end. Not really my taste. Wild fermentation...

Posted over 1 year ago by Michal Micko (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 256 ratings

Very bad aroma - remind my cheapest homemade russian vodka :-(
Taste is bit better but still not consumable straight for me...

Posted over 1 year ago by Joola69 from United States with 2555 ratings

Bought a bottle of Clairin Vaval Rhum Agricole from Haiti while vacationing in Guadeloupe. Nice artisanal bottle and label design. Super dry Rhum Agricole flavors alongside grass, spices, funk and plenty of floral notes to the nose and palate. Very strong burn at the end being so dry. Rhum Agricole fan boys can add 2 points to my score. I just simply haven't found a single enjoyable Rum from Haiti.

Posted over 1 year ago by Longjohnsilver from Italy with 44 ratings

Un rum rustico, quasi primordiale, prelibatezza per veri intenditori

Posted over 1 year ago by piratejabez from United States with 314 ratings

2016 harvest. 48.8% ABV. 100% spontaneous/wild fermentation.

Nose: cheese pizza with oregano, fennel (also added: ginger, lemongrass). Very herbal. Palate: a little sweeter. Rather prickly. Wild stuff, literally. Herbal finish as well. After a few minutes, smoother finish.

This is one of the weirdest rums I've ever had. It even stands out from the other clairins in Velier's lineup. I recall them saying something about how Mr. Vaval adds fruits/herbs to the wash to accelerate fermentation (helps with the acidity, like the use of much pits in Jamaica). That certainly would help explain the weird oregano/greasy cheese pizza nose.

Again, wild stuff. But not quite my thing...


Posted over 2 years ago by vincent from France with 128 ratings

Le nez est très fruité mangue, banane, litchi et citron vert.
L’attaque en bouche est agréable, l’alcool est présent mais bien intégré. On retrouve des notes d’agrumes et fruits ainsi qu’une pointe vanillée (et peu être du cacao ?)
La finale reste sur de la canne à sucre principalement.
Un rhum excellent qui se boit tout seul.