There are over 500 small distilleries in the countryside and the diversity of production of local spirit, called Clairin – or Kleren – varies widely: there is an incredible variety of Clairin styles, as many as there are producers and communities.
The Spirit of Haiti was created in 2012 as a collaborative project, aiming to release co-bottlings from producers of Clairin Traditionnel – working together with Michel Sajous, Fritz Vaval, Faubert Casimir, Bethel Romelus and Stephan Kalil Saoud.
Based in Port-au-Prince, The Spirit of Haiti is proud to be the first export company to offer opportunity and support to small producers of Clairin Traditionnel. Through sustainable business relationships and practice, we foster the hopes of growing the category of locally celebrated Clairin Traditionnel on the global market.
The Spirit of Haiti aims to share the liquid exactly as one would find it in its home – all our offerings are bottled at the strength that it leaves the still, with no dilution or filtration. The liquid is collected in drums and transported to Port-au-Prince for bottling, labelling and export. All production, aging and bottling is done in Haiti.
The Spirit of Haiti seeks to share the incredible artistry of Clairin Traditionnel that embodies the many diverse expressions of Haitian terroir and communities.