DEADHEAD CASK AGED RUM
“Tsantsa (sansha) The shrunken head of an enemy kept as a trophy; taken for blood honour and spiritual renewal.”
No tribe on earth knows the true meaning of nonconformity better than the Shuar. Living in the Amazon at the headwaters of the Marañon River, the Shuar are believed to be the only group to have never been conquered-and even after technology has connected the world beyond our wildest dreams-these people have held on to their traditions, including the custom of shrunken heads (tsantsa). Many believe that tsantsas were kept as trophies, taken for honour and spiritual renewal. Deadhead Rum captures the spirit of the Shuar in both aesthetics and spirit.Deadhead Rum is born from a blend of pure sugarcane juice and rich molasses grown in privately-owned plantations located in Tapachula, Chia pas, a region known to produce some of the most outstanding rums in the world. Fermented and double distilled in small batches, the rum is then aged in Chiapas and American oak barrels for six years. Once aged, the art of blending Deadhead begins.
Deadhead Rum is rich and dark, it is saturated with the aromas of treacle, coffee, cola nut, chocolate, filbert, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg, all of which carry through to the palate along with the flavours of leather, anise and caramel that all play in stupendous balance. The finish, lingers and slowly fades with elegant flavor restatements. This is an excellent sipping rum and Deadhead’s assertive aromatics and brilliant flavours make it a great choice for use in classic and exotic Tiki cocktails.
Step back in time to a Caribbean Pirate ship. The smell of the seaweed and sea-spray as you ride the plunging bows of your ship, legs apart as you balance the wild waves, your tricom (hat) balanced over one eye while the seagulls scream above you and the shouts of your crew echo in the wind.
Imagine landing your ship on a deserted island, the sound of the sand as it crunches beneath your feet, and the fear that pierces your heart as the first arrow darts from the trees. The panic as your crew is overrun by ululating, loin clothed tribes who strip you and tie you to thin tree limbs then begin to lower you into boiling pots.
Not just a beautifully crafted vessel to carry this unique rum, the Dead Head bottle respects both the spirit and the subtle messages of this ancient custom. With detailed carvings on the bottle, hemp lacings across the eyes and mouths and of course, containing the most smooth and complex of rums, the Dead Head Rum is a must try.
GOLD: 2017 Craft Awards International Competition
GOLD: 2015 Spirits International Prestige Awards
PLATINUM: 2015 Spirits International Prestige Awards – Bottle Design
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