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Tsantsa (sansha)

The shrunken head of an enemy kept as a trophy; taken for blood honor 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 Marañón 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 honor 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, Chiapas, 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 flavors 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 flavors make it a great choice for use in classic and exotic

Tiki cocktails.



GOLD: 2017 Craft Awards International Competition

GOLD: 2015 Gold Spirits International

PLATINUM: 2015 Spirits International Prestige Awards - Bottle Design



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