More Aged Clairins

When we’ve had the first couple of aged Clairins, we’ve made a few observations. Firstly, the majority of the Caroni casks didn’t come through as we thought they would. We only found nuances of the “typical” Caroni notes in a few of the Clairins. Secondly, we didn’t think that these rums really benefitted from cask…

Sajous

Isn’t it amazing that we now can do an entire session featuring only Sajous now!? Sajous 2019 (56,4%): It has been a while since we’ve had unaged Sajous, so let’s check if the current version holds up to the greatness of the previous batches. Nose: Slightly more earthy than I’ve had it in mind. Despite…

Clairin Sonson & Providence

Today we are having a new (unaged) Clairins on the agenda with Sonson. Its adversary is going to be the first Providence bottling, which is a bit older but one we have yet to present on here. Clairin Sonson 2018 (53,2%): Sonson is produced by Stephan Kalil Saoud in Cabaret, north of Port Au Prince…

Barbancourt 2004

While we’ve had numerous Rhums of this batch already, I do not recall ever reviewing one. Of course that does have a reason (lack of maturity, low abv) but with a few more recent releases that might be about to change. At least, you should give Rums like these another chance from time to time,…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part II

This is the follow-up to last week’s tasting, which turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected so I decided to split it into two parts. Transcontinental Rum Line Night Rambler (Haiti & Jamaica, 42%): An unaged, high ester blend that was made for the bar scene, I suppose. It’s a blend of…

Haiti

Haiti, for most of us that’s Barbancourt and the well-known Clairins. But there seems to be something new coming from that part of Hispanola all the time these days. Clairin Communal Blend des quatre communes (43%): Indeed, we do like Clairin (well, most of them) but I didn’t understand the need for the first blend…

Caroni-cask aged Clairins

Last time I’ve said that I will be reviewing a bunch of January 1998 Caronis today but something else and way more interesting has been delivered to my place. It’s not that long ago that I’ve introduced you to Clairin – The Spirit of Haiti. Now, a few, just slightly aged, single cask Clairins have been released…

Clairin – The Spirit of Haiti

Things just work a bit differently in Haiti. Screwed by history and a lack of institutions, it just seems as if time has stopped in Haiti at some point. Many things are just more basic and traditional. At least with rum production, that is often times seen as a plus. The country is home to…