Agricole rums are made from the sugar-cane juice, which contains many more flavour compounds. Rums of this style are usually quite pungent compared to molasses rums, which puts some people off.
Clairin rums are produced using native varieties of sugarcane grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides, which are cut by hand and transported by ox carts or donkeys to the distilleries. The majority of the producers use wild fermentations and operate a batch pot still with 5-6 plate column set up, with the Clairin reaching the receiver between 45-56% abv. Whilst extremely basic, the distilleries are beautifully simple, and produce some stunning liquid.
North of Haiti’s capital; Port-au-Prince, in Saint Michel de l'Attalaye region, Michel Sajous built the Chelo distillery in the same place where the family has been since 1960. The small distillery is located in the middle of the plantation and spans 30 hectares which are planted with different varieties of organic sugar cane.
A complex and fruity spirit, run through with herbs and spice. Softer than the nose suggests, but still full on. Spicy cinnamon, tarragon, overripe bananas and squishy apples to start. Darker notes develop, with hints of liquorice and dark chocolate joined by even more green herbs.
Enjoy neat or in a T'i Punch (just add lime and sugar syrup).