Located north of Port-au-Prince in Saint-Michel de l’Attalaye, the Chelo distillery was founded in 2004 by Michel Sajous to continue a halfcentury-old family adventure. On the 30 hectares of the property, it produces an extremely renowned clairin from a non-hybrid variety of sugarcane called Cristalline. Aged from June 2017 to November 2020 in a barrel that contained whiskey, this version bottled at its natural degree has preserved all the ardour of its early youth. Moreover, tenderly vanilla-scented, it also shows itself radiant with maturity and balance.
Profile: Intense and fruity.
Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Rich, heady. Very finely liquoriced, the first nose is also freshly herbaceous and fruity (lemon). When aired, strong spices (nutmeg) rub shoulders with more medicinal notes (musk, sinapism). Gradually, sugarcane and cane sugar rise to the surface of the aromatic palette.
Palate: Both lively and fresh. Exotic (pineapple, banana], the attack in the mouth is in turn marked by notes of green liquorice. The mid–palate is
subtly fruity and candied (grapefruit, lime). The finish is tenderly spicy (cinnamon, ginger).
Finish: Long, precise. Evocative, the beginning of the finish literally transports us to the time of the sugarcane harvest. At the same time, succulent
vanilla and chocolate flavours bring a lot of sweetness and flesh to the texture of the taste palette. The finish is fibrous [sugarcane) and aromatic verbena, thyme). The empty glass reveals notes of puffed rice and custard.