Chelo Distillery "Clairin Sajous" Single Estate Haitian Sugarcane Juice Rum (750ml) SKU #1368562

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Tasting Notes

Michel Sajous built his distillery where his family had cultivated cane since the 1960s on 30 hectares of land outside of Saint Michel de l'Attalaye, 100 miles north of Port-au-Prince. The small plantation is planted to many varietals of cane. The primary cultivar is Crystal, the same type used at Neisson on Martinique. Here, production is 100% organic with no chemicals or artificial fertilizers used of any kind. The cane is collected by hand and pressed immediately. The juice is sometimes concentrated slightly using steam, which allows the distiller to store the fresh cane for up to a year between distilling periods. This process is common place among Clairin producers and does not involve the refinement or molasses production at all. The unusual pot still is constructed of steel connected to a copper rectifier which feeds into a small column. It looks something like a makeshift Armagnac still. Thanks to that odd set up, it's one of the cleanest of the Clairin, showing less funk and more grass and bright fruit. The bold 108.6 proof is hardly noticeable on the nose, but really opens up the appetite once it hits your lips. It has a medium body and exhibits a lovely structure that lends itself to use in citrus-based cocktails. This is probably the most approachable of the three Clairins available despite the high proof, likely due to a slightly cleaner fermentation and significant copper contact during distillation.

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    7/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Of these single Haitian estate rums, this is my sipper. I find it the most accessible in flavor profiles for pure clean rum flavors. You have the light vegetal tones of the raw sugar cane notes, but also some sweeter fruit tones and spices that make it so engaging. If I were mixing, a caipirinha would be my drink of choice.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    7/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Clairin is so hard to pinpoint, but there's no question that these special spirits are the next level for real lovers of distilled spirits who crave complexity and depth. They fall squarely in a round hole. Or is that roundly in a square whole? The sum of the squares is great than the whole. Anyway, expect something in between Agave, Agricole and Islay. Sajous is a pretty different terroir than the other two Clairins and has a slightly different style type, but we're no less impressive. This one can use a bit of water just a tiny drop. Still tons of savory, but less black olive and more castelnuovo, fresh teatree bark, engine oil, sour dough, underbrush and endless bouquet of aromatics. The palate just explodes. It's so delineated and enjoyable I can't stop drinking it. Crushed rocks covered in lime juice. Sea water thrown on a smoldering fire. Mangos covered in Tajin. Just ridiculous. Unfair. Nothing else matters but this...

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