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Old 05-31-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Hi All!
Been a while since I popped into MoR. Twelve days from now I will be in Japan for a week and was wondering if anyone from the forum knows if they produce their own rum? Not sure how readily available imported rum will be, or what kinds for that matter. They are big whiskey drinkers there so I don't have my hopes up.
Any insight would be helpful

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there's the kingsbury rum range which is bottled in scotland and shipped to japan. all their rum is from guyana btw. otherwise, check these out:- www.oga-rum.com, www.helios-shop.jp and www.rum.co.jp. there's also various brands of kokuto shochu, which is made from sugarcane. good luck.
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To my knowledge there is no rum being made in Japan and although there are a number of imports of various qualities, the Japanese connoisseur covets authentic rums bottled at the distilleries particularly in the Caribbean. If you have the opportunity, take someone else's credit card with you.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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As far as I know the only Japanese rum is Cor Cor, which is made in Okinawa and is not widely-available. You may with some luck find it in specialist bottle shops but from what I've heard about its quality you might prefer to give it a wide berth.

http://www.rum.co.jp/

Japan is generally not a good place for the rum drinker. When I lived there I could get hold of Pampero Aniversario fairly easily as well as a few other decent sippers, but the rum available in bars was limited. Myer's Dark is probably the most widely-available dark rum, but you're also likely to find Havana Club and of course Bacardi in many places. The quality rum scene in Japan is niche but it does exist if you know where to go.

If you like whisky then you're in luck going to Japan! When I go back I'll be investing my time and money in that, not rum.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:10 PM   #5
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Thank you so much for your responses, really appreciate it.
I will check out all those links provided. Some of the preliminary looks I've had online does show their preference for rums from the caribbean. My time will be limited so hoofing around trying to find specialty stores will be difficult. Pampero would be a nice score as it's not easy to find in my parts, will probably bring back one or two decent sippers if easily found.
And I do enjoy whiskey, so all is not lost

Thanks again

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