The incredible Casimir Distillery is perhaps the most intriguing and unusual in the Maison Velier portfolio. The village of Barraderes is located in the Haiti's Nippes province on the shores the Caribbean ocean. The tiny village has no restaurants, bars, or much else by way of commerce, but does boast 13 independent distillers who cultivate cane and distill rhum from its fresh juices.
Douglas Casimir Distillery, led by the wonderful Faubert Casimir, is set on 50 hectares of mango, palm, banana, and primarily lime groves. Planted around the trees are acres of Hawaii Blanche and Rouge, an heirloom soft cane, cultivated by hand and fermented in wooden vats in open conditions. The hand made pot still seems out of another era, but produces one of the most unique and delicious spirits in the world.
The one secret to the magic, besides the incredible terroir and wild conditions, is that Faubert uses his fruits, herbs, and vegetables in the ferment to augment the flavors. Some batches might include citronella, cinnamon bark or even ginger. There are few spirits better suited to mix with in the store and few white spirits achieve this level of complexity on their own. Serve it straight, chilled with a side of jicama dusted in celery salt, in a Hemingway Daiquiri or in a Bloody Mary. There's just nothing like it.