Saint Benevolence Rum Clairin is Haiti’s premium ancestral sugarcane spirit, handcrafted from a field blend of Cristalline, Madame Meuze, Farine France and 24/14; indigenous cane clones organically grown in the fertile alluvial soils and tropical climate of Saint Michel de l’Attalaye.
The sugarcane is organically grown and farmed in the fields immediately surrounding the Dorcinvil Distillery, a third-generation family operation entrusted with the quality farming and production of Saint Benevolence Rum Clairin. The farmers employ natural agricultural practices free from herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals.
The cane is hand-harvested, pressed, and fermented with wild yeasts for five to seven days, producing a lively vin de canne: a freshly fermented cane juice ripe with the expressive grassy notes of the local Saint Michel terroir.
In homage to Saint Michel, the town of the spirit’s provenance, a separate batch of the freshly-pressed sugarcane juice is reduced to a syrup and fermented in the local style known as the Methode Saint Michel.
The distillation process has changed little from the traditional French techniques employed throughout Haiti dating back to the 18th century. The Rum Clairin proprietary blend of Saint Benevolence premium cane juice and syrup truly bottles the purest essence of both Haiti’s unique terroir and the tradition of Saint Michel.
TASTING NOTES: True to the Haitian word ‘kleren’ for clear, translucent crystal in the glass. Green banana, wasabi, with earthy notes of smoke and wet gravel on the nose. A rich texture on the palate with toasted white peppercorn, clove and green olive mignonette with an underlying sweetness on the finish.