Clairin Sonson (700ml)
Tasting note: This is the fifth single estate Clairin to be released under Velier’s “Spirit of Haiti” label. 'Sonson' is named after Stephan Kalil Saoud's distillery in the village of Cabaret. Here Clairin is produced using a single traditional open fired pot still and an indigenous sugar cane variety called 'Madame Meuze'. Bottled a natural proof, the nose is unlike any other rum: intense, sweet-yet-saline with white pepper and a grassy / tropical fruit accent that continues to evolve. Reminiscent of high-grade blanco tequila, but more like young agricole. Flavours of plantain, papaya seed, dill pickle, brine and struck match. A vivid and potent cross-genre spirit that almost defies descriptors. Fabulous. 53.2% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Clairin Sonson is equally at home in drinks that call for unaged agricole or Cachaca – it works great in a Ti Punch and it doesn’t make a bad Daiquiri either. In terms of flavour this is my favourite Clairin thus far and aside from the finish it’s really quite excellent when you consider the rustic nature of how it is produced. Well worth seeking out. - thefatrumpirate.com