Velier Clairin - Casimir - 50.2% abv.
Updated: Dec 26, 2018
Velier Clairin Casimir - 50.2% abv.
Another from the Velier line of Haitian juices. This one is green! Funky and grassy! Right from the start, it is clear that this is coming from fresh pressed sugar cane juice. The green is not like from dried hay but more like green notes you get from banana leaves used to steam dim sum. Including the slightly cardboardy-fungal notes that come with it. Definitely some sour notes going on. I’ve used this before and I think it works well here again; cottage cheese. Sour and creamy. Rice vinegar. Raw egg whites. Plastic and petrol/benzene. But clean. Like clarified benzene, for those of you who have ever stepped foot in a lab. Sniffing the inside of a new pair of rubber boots. Also, some citrus notes, but bitter. Lime peel oil but no fresh lime going on here. And finally, mild briny/salty notes. Like walking along the beach during a winter season.
On the palate, there is a fair amount of alcohol that stands out, although it seems to complement the green, vegetal notes that quickly take center stage. Suddenly I find myself chewing on lemon peel. And then from nowhere, black olives with all the salty yet creamy notes that go along with that. Black olive tapenade with grated lemon peel on nutty dry bread. The natural yeast flavours come through adding both the breadiness as well as sour notes. I can’t seem to avoid saying cardboard. Again, plastic and petrol. The taste really matches the nose on this one! And the nose really builds a picture here, which the taste delivers!
The finish is long ending with citrus peel and green notes that remind me of asparagus. As well as something sweet and creamy. Like meringue. The mouthfeel is oily. It coats your mouth, and for me I never want this coating to go away.
Yet again, Velier and the beautiful Haitian Clairins give us a fantastic experience for your senses.
This will go well with anything lime...but I’m drinking this one straight!