Distiller: Clairin, The Spirit of Haiti
Type: Rhum Agricole
For more than 10 years, Fritz Vaval has been the head of the Arrawaks distillery located in Cavaillon in the south of Haiti, where his family has owned it since 1947. He grows on 20 hectares the Madame Meuze cane, in the most natural way possible . Absolutely magnificent for its fineness and complexity, this Clairin born from pure cane juice, is fermented starting from indigenous yeasts, then distilled in a copper column composed of 10 dishes.
• Nose: firm, powerful. Particularly spicy (Espelette, Cayenne), the first nose is at the same time a great floral elegance (carnation, lily of the valley) and fruity (pear, plum of Lorraine). It evolves on citrus notes (lemon, orange) and menthol notes. Then the liquorice of the distillate gradually conquers the aromatic palette.
• Mouth: wide, refined. His attack is on vanilla and saffron. The dried fruit (date, cajou nut) feeds a very high half of the mouth. Dark chocolate pours on the back of the mouth to give it a lot of sweetness. Placed on a remarkable bitterness, it is constantly moving. Wonderful!
• Final: long, downy. Its very fine tannins sweeten the palate until the sugar cane fields parade as far as the eye can see. Fermentative flavors accompany red fruits (raspberry, strawberry). Of a mad complexity and in order to prolong the gustatory pleasure that it procures, the retro-smell offers a new tasting.
The empty glass does not lose a drop.