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Sansho Spiced Rum - 5cl


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Sansho Berries, Okinawan Sugar, Togarashi Shichimi, Umeboshi, Smoked Soy Sauce (soybeans, wheat), White Sesame.

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A mini size full of the Sansho Spiced Rum, perfect for tasting and gifting!

A combination of unique Japanese flavours presented like never before on the base of a superb quality, refined English rum made with 100% sugar cane molasses. Sansho is delicious in its own right, but also enhances the accompanying flavours of ume plum, soy and black sugar.  The smoky soy and sesame provide light oak & tobacco flavours typically found in an aged rum, whilst the sansho berries offer a mouth-watering peppery citrus which is complemented by the rich Christmas-cake sweetness from the base rum and Okinawan sugar. The rum is rich with treacly layers of sour citrus, rich umami and tingling spice which linger on the palate for a sublime finish. 

Distilled from scratch in England, this is a rarity among English rums and a sure sign of quality. English Spirit were the first to make rum in Britain, back in 2012 - they are undoubtedly the leaders in the field in Britain 

Sansho Berries have been used in Japan to season food for thousands of years. They have a citrus flavour with a warm pepper finish and an incredible tongue tingling sensation. A natural flavour enhancer, they stimulate the taste receptors in the brain, increasing the flavour and aromas of foods in general. Okinawan Sugar has intense, complex flavours of molasses, smoke and spice with a bitterness that balances the sweetness. Togarashi Shichimi is a traditional blend of seven Japanese spices, noted for its depth of flavour and a warm, slow-burning heat. Umeboshi are pickled Japanese apricots (often referred to as plums) with an overall sour flavour that increases as they ripen. Our Smoked Soy Sauce is infused with the smoke of cherry wood, it has a powerful smoky umami flavour. White Sesame paste adds rich roasted nutty notes. 

Sip over ice for an indulgent nightcap. The deep flavours are delicious when paired with a sweet ginger beer or quality cola. It will work in any spiced rum cocktail, adding bold complex flavour. 


We are delighted that our Sansho Spiced Rum won 3 stars at The Great Taste Awards 2023

Here are what the judges had to say about it:

"A tawny amber rum with an enticing savoury spice nose which is appetising and perfumed. The complexity of the flavours is extraordinary and the length is impressive. The complex flavours are harmonious, with a sweet and savoury umami effect. Individual flavours such as the plums and the sweetly smoked soya are discernible. The butterscotch from the molasses adds a silkiness to this unique mix of flavours. A masterpiece."

"This bright, sparkling deep golden rum has plenty of intriguing aroma with hints of spice, vanilla, brown sugar and savoury herbs. The complex nose is well reflected in taste and we enjoyed the characterful balance of tingly pepper, richness and depth from the soy, and full, fruity finish. There is an impressive length that continues to give and perform part of the cohesive, interesting and delicious taste journey. A unique concept that has been skilfully executed."

"Umami on the nose and in the mouth. The togarashi spice awakens the taste buds, and tingles the lips in a nice way. Flavours of the smoked soy sauce came through and worked well with the plum. Overall a really fantastic rum with a lot of character. Really unique.

"Such an explosion of well balanced Japanese flavours in this English rum. It is delightful on the palate, the flavours linger and leave a cooling sensation in the mouth."

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