Distilled in 2016 from 'Madame Meuze' cane juice, Tropically aged for 6 years, this is a very unique bottle, as traditionally the clairin has never been aged.
Bottled at full proof for LMDW 65th Anniversary, this is a single cask edition..
One of only 180 bottles.
Clairin is not the name of a distillery, but a term originating from kleren, meaning ‘clear’ in Haitian Creole, just like the crystalline color of the rum produced on the island, strictly agricole.
The local clairin is the rum of the poor, last legacy of the French colonization of the Antilles in the late 18th century.
During the first Velier’s official trip in 2012, 532 stills still in operation in small primitive distilleries, with completely artisanal production were discovered.
Every region of Haiti distills according to ancient traditions, using specific varieties of sugarcane, thanks to an isolation from the rest of the world that dates back to more than 200 years ago.
Haiti was the first colony to fiercely rebel against slavery, taking over its independence in 1804 and actually becoming the first 'African republic of Central America', with customs and cultures typical of the black continent.
The unspoiled territory, ancient traditions that are still alive and a long period of isolation from the industrial developments of the modern era, make the clairin a rum with a potential unique in the world.
The Arawaks Distillery, located in the village of Cavaillon in the southern of Haiti, was founded in 1947 by Danois Vaval and is today run by his son, Fritz. It is named after the Arawaks, the original inhabitants of the island, reduced to slavery by the Spanish colonists and extinct due to living conditions and exhausting workrate during the XVII century. It operates a creole column still and the production starts from Madame Meuze sugarcane, a hand cut cane collected and pressed in a few hours from the cut.
Velier was founded by the Chaix family in Genova in 1947 as a small traditional company specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, a young Luca Gargano, former brand ambassador for Saint James at that time, acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began spacialising in the importation of outstanding spirits exclusively destinated to the Italian market. By the early 90s Luca heard about a legendary stock of Saint James rum dating back probably to 1885 and bottled in 1952. After a complex negotiation, he finally managed to acquire the entire stock. This was only the first of a list of legendary selections to come in the following years.
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