Clairin is Haiti’s best kept secret. Found in its most remote parts and drunk by its people, these are highly artisanal eaux-de-vie similar to white agricole rhums.
While their bottlings are sourced from two different distilleries, they both have one aspect in common: pure, well-balanced alcohols that evolve in the glass. Although production may be labour intensive, it’s a labour of love. Produced using native varieties of sugarcane without the use of herbicides or pesticides, the sugarcane is cut by hand and transported by ox carts or donkeys to the distillery where it’s pressed and fermented. Wild fermentations are possible due to the organic sugarcane juice and the natural yeasts within it.
Whilst extremely basic, the distilleries are beautifully simple. The majority of the rustic column stills have a maximum of six plateaux which operate in continuous distillation, producing an alcohol between 70% and 80% vol. The reduction typically leads the Clairin to a gradation standard of 55% alcohol.
Faubert Casimir continues the work his father started in 1979 and is now considered the best distiller in the region of Barradères. Faubert cultivates 50 hectares of non-hybrid Hawaii Blanche sugar cane. His plantation is intercropped with bananas, palms and lime. Only the fully ripe rods are collected, this way the field is never left devoid of vegetation.
What is unique to Casimir and other distillers in the area, is to add some herbs or vegetable matter to pure cane juice during fermentation in order to enhance the flavours. Faubert adds leaves of citronella, cinnamon, and in some batches, ginger
Bottled at natural strength, Clairin Communal brings together the traditional sugarcane spirits from Sajous, Vaval, Casimir and Le Rocher. Each of these Clairin producers have their very own distinctive character, thanks to the use of wild indigenous yeast, native cane varieties, and traditional distillation methods.
Pungent aromas of sugar cane mix with apples, oranges, and unripe bananas. Boiled sweets and candied fruit lead on the palate, followed by treacle tart, tarte tatin and creamy caramel sauce. Crunchier caramel and cinder toffee notes build, leading to a background of dark chocolate, liquorice and warm engines.Creamy finish with leafy tarragon, aniseed and black liquorice following.
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Name Clairin Communal Blend des Quatre Communes Country Haiti Region n/a ABV% 43% Size 700ml Dietary Information No