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Clairin Vaval Single Estate Haitian Sugarcane Juice Rum (750ml) SKU #1368561

Price: $39.99

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Tasting Notes

The Arawaks Distillery is located in the village of Cavaillon in the southern or "Sud" province of Haiti. There Fritz Vaval harvests cane for his special rum by hand. The hand cut cane, in this case of the varietal "Madame Meuze," is collected pressed and into the fermenters in a matter of hours. The rustic open air distillery creates the perfect conditions for spontaneous wild fermentation and the incredibly volatile soup of fresh sugarcane juice feeds numerous yeast and bacteria that live naturally on the cane and in the distillery. The wart is distilled to proof and hand built pot still and bottled to proof at a hefty 97.6 proof. The aromatics are unprecedented, without the hard edge butyric quality that some Agricole rhum can exhibit and instead coming closer to an agave spirit, pointed with deep tropical fruit and earthy peppery spice. The green grassiness tones that cut across all Clairin is there, but the savory spice takes over on the palate. Long and linear with a vibrant acidity that tempers the wild funky spice slightly. Ultimately bizarre, yet strangely drinkable, there's no wonder Clairin has been described as the mezcal of rum. This is a true product of terroir that could only exist as a confluence of the nature, art and science at the little distillery named for the original inhabitants of this unusual island in the Caribbean, the Arawaks.

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Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    This trio of Haitian single-estate rums is downright revelatory. Each fits a particular profile for me in how I would approach consuming them. The Vaval is pure earthy goodness and speaks volumes with a cocktail approach. The aromas of plantain, artichoke and green olives emerge with the potency to stand out and keep their integrity with a little mixology in play. Keep it on the simple side, a daquiri is all you need. Great stuff!
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow the incredible Vaval is easily the equal to the other two Clairins, but a third distinctive style. Not having the vegetal intensity of the Casimir or the clean crispness of the Sajous, it might be the most versatile of the three. The nose is the most phenolic of the three as well. Pungent and bold nose of camphor, fresh soil, sweet grass, pickles, smoked meats, but then freshness behind. On the palate less phenolic but still very meaty -diesel oil, asphalt/gravel, mineral salts and touches of roasted citrus peel. The finish is dry and distinctive with a strong zesty lime note coming through. An absolutely idiosyncratic experience and something I want people to love as much as I do. This one will be extremely fun to mix with as well.


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