The Spirit of Haiti Clairin Ansyen Casimir #CA16FF Selected by Aficionados/Seelbach's
CLAIRIN ANSYEN – 52,7%, 750ml
In 2015, The Spirit of Haiti built a small warehouse in Port-au-Prince to age Clairin Traditionnel in casks with high integrity from producers such as Caroni, Hampden Estate, Worthy Park, Bielle, Lustau, and Buffalo Trace among others. The barrels were then filled with fresh Clairin distilled by Michel Sajous, Fritz Vaval, Faubert Casimir, and Le Rocher as experimental single cask releases to understand how Clairin develops in a very light aging process.
The length of maturation is in months, not years, as the aging aims to retain the sense of raw material and soul of the spirit. These Ansyen (aged) casks represent a new chapter in the history of Clairin Traditionnel as they are among the first expressions to be aged in some of the most legendary barrels in the world.
The labels of Clairin Ansyen feature images of Carnival masks produced by local artists in Jacmel, Haiti. Selected professionals are invited to taste these barrels in order to choose their favorite one for a limited edition bottling of a single cask.
Cask #CA16FF is Clairin Casimir of harvest 2017 aged 41 months in an ex-Cognac barrel. Selected by T8KE for Aficionados and Seelbach's, it has been bottled at a cask strength of 52.7% abv.
Tasting Notes: red berries at first, sweet cream, a lovely rum character that leans more into the barrel. Rich oakiness blends nicely with the sweet, funky, berry character the Cognac cask brings. Bouquet of apples, pears, light balsamic, orange, papaya, cherry and a touch of salinity and clay. Long finish accentuated by the cognac character once more.