By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
This barrel represents the creation of a new style of rum, that until recently simply wasn't made. Clairin is the extremely delicious and unusual cane spirit from Haiti, that is rum in name only. Here they've taken that totally idiosyncratic spirit and aged it for just under two years in the tropical Haitian climate. This cask was selected by my dear friend Gino Pellarin, a man of great taste and experience. The rugged complexity of Clairin should lends itself perfectly to softening in barrel and it's astounding how much influence has already been imparted in two short years. Le Rocher's spirits taste like smoky, lime and black olives, but after aging the complexity is profound. The black olive is still there although it's taken a back seat to deep sweet oak flavors from the ex-rum barrels. The nose is like butter and honey spread over olive loaf dipped in maple syrup and deep fried in motor oil. Surprisingly sweet on the palate with the maple flavors coming through, exotic stewed fruit, fresh cinnamon and of course olives. A truly special casks that will make any rum lover hum and render comatose the uninitiated.