Velier Clairin - Sajous - 51% abv.
Updated: Dec 26, 2018
Velier Clairin Sajous - 51% abv. After recently writing about Le Rocher as well as the Caroni Cask-aged Sajous, I might as well continue on with the Velier Clairin line of these beautiful Haitian “agricoles”.
Instant recognizable vegetal funkiness that jumps out of the glass with every one of the Clairin line rhums. The green notes on this one don’t only come from grass and a barn full of baled hay, but also large amounts of lime peel as well as freshly squeezed lime juice. Unripe green watermelon. Hints of asparagus. There are some creamy, sour scents, although they are very much in the background. Light spice notes, particularly white pepper and cinnamon...and saffron! Citrusy saffron! Quite a unique and refreshing nose.
On the palate, the white pepper is the first thing that hits me. Hits me quite hard. Followed by bitter lime and grapefruit. Dried grass. Definitely Agricole going on here, but the grassy notes are more subdued than in the other Clairins. The green and vegetal notes are there but humble. The sour, creamy, oily notes that shined through in the Rocher that I wrote about yesterday are almost entirely absent. They are there when you look for them, but had I not known this was a Clairin, I’m not sure that I would have come up with them. Maybe some white glue. Instead, it’s the citrus notes that are the star of this show. Again. Back to the unripe watermelon I mentioned on the nose - like gnawing off the last greenish white bites from the inside of the peel. Some briny aspects as well. Perhaps some olive brine. But not intense. Almost like the green olive saltiness that comes through in a 50/50 martini with an extra green olive (also a delicious drink one should try). Saying this, there are also hints of juniper berries.
The finish is medium-long. Not overly oily. Quite dry. Leaves you with, and I repeat for what feels like the hundredth time, citrus peel...and at the very very end some mango appears.
I love this rum. This rum is summer in a glass. One of the lighter Clairins, but definitely the most citrusy and refreshing. Drink this straight or make yourself a delicious Ti Punch, find yourself a spot in the sun and enjoy the beautiful things this world has to offer!