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Comes from Pignon village in Haiti, distilled in a small farm distillery.
46,5%abv pot still proof
Distilled from cane juice suryp with "dunder" pits being used
Strong rubber, smoke, brine, balsamic vinegar, green apples and also some mineral quality, hint of corn
Palate: Lot going on here, brine and smoke, less vinegar but good amounts, some grass, apples and minerals, bit heat but not as much as i expected,
lots of nice citric flavour and acidity, surprisingly crisp.
Finish is quite long, citrus brine and smoke and in the end you get nice pepperiness like white pepper.
Well crafted rum, is a bit like a hybrid between jamaican white overproofs like rum fire and a fruity agricoles.
A few weeks ago, I saw three clairin rhums in gift boxes on the shelf of a favorite liquor store. After researching them, this was the only one with reviews on here, so I bought it for only $39 US.
As others have said, the aroma is of floral briny olives, but very pleasant. The taste is so complex that it is difficult to nail it down to just a few notes. The finish is quite pleasant with very little burn. It cannot quite compete with my only two rums rated as a 10, so it gets a high 9. However, good luck finding this one. This is both a great sipper and a mixer. No easy feat, especially for a white rum.
I would like to add that this one qualifies as being Delightfully Weird and Totally Unique. This one is NOT for beginners!!!! If the Captain Morgan crowd tried this one as their first foray into fine rums, they would go back to mass produced column distilled rums and never try fine rums again. One needs to try other fine rums for at least one year before trying this one. It is THAT different!
And for those that love Laphroaig single malt Islay scotch, you will probably also love this rum. Both are heavily peated.
A smoky almost chipotle flavor. For a white, the after burn is not what I would have expected. Much less. The mix is not quite as good straight. For what it's worth, I have it as a 5.5.
In a single sitting, I tried three Clairin brought to us by Velier. Like the others (Clairin Sajous and Clairin Vaval) it's a mix of Jamaican and Martinique/agricole styles. 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.)
Of the three, I found this the most delightful. The cane sweetness was most intense, there was a hint of saline and mineral, but little of the grassiness that usually turns me off agricoles. It's estery, but bright, less banana/plantain than strawberry or maybe passionfruit.
Oh, and while you can call all these clairin "the mezcal of rhum" because of the little-regulated primitive rural production methods, this one also earns the title because of a smoky punch that hits you on the first whiff (and sip). Not sure what that's from, but it slowly fades into the background over time to let the more subtle flavors come through. Drinking this straight at full strength, I felt less burn than expected, so I didn't bother trying to add anything.
This rum has so much depth of flavor. Deep smoke, vegetal flavors, artichoke, butterscotch. It tastes almost like blending an agricole and an amazing mezcal together.
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