Clairin Vaval Haitian Rum
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Clairin Vaval Haitian Rum - 2020

Item # 38095 750mL

Fritz Vaval is the second generation running this family owned distillery, having taken over for his father who founded it in 1940. Here he dedicates himself to the time honored traditions of Clairin. This natural spirit is made from the Madame Meuze species of cane which is fermented naturally with wild yeasts from the fresh pressed juice shortly after harvest. The spirit is distilled to proof in pot stills. The rum is floral, herbaceous and saline with notes that really evoke the terroir and bring the land to life in your glass. You can almost feel the sunshine radiating from the spirit. On the palate the rum is sharp, focused and precise but very easy to sip at the same time. A generous offering from an exceptional producer.

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Spirits made from ingredients that have been cultivated without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides at any step in the process.

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Staff Pick Notes

Fritz Vaval offers us this example of still proof liquid from the Southern Coast of Haiti. Clairin is a very intense spirit, with terroir being ever present in the bottle. The variety of sugar cane, the type of still, and the wild yeasts of the area all lead to an explosion of aromas and flavors that are unique to the village and producer. Fritz uses a very unique homemade still that is the only known one on the island to be powered with a steam engine from a locomotive (with the wheels removed). This creates a pure example of salty, briny, and mineral-driven Clairin that tastes of the sea. Due to his proximity (less than 2 km) from the coastline, these flavors are a true reflection of sense of place, offering us a remarkable example of distilled sugar cane juice like nothing I have ever had.


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