- Our Story -


Nestled in the heart of Phnom Penh, we are Samai

Cambodia’s first and only premium rum distillery. We create hand-crafted, premium rums using high-quality, locally grown ingredients and a process that pays tribute to age-old rum making traditions.
Samai rums are complex and full of character, displaying a flavour profile that reflects the uniqueness of the Cambodian terroir. It is rum that Cambodians can take pride in; rum that we cannot wait to share with the world.

Samai is the Khmer word for modern, a new generation, looking towards the future. Samai is the first generation of rum in Cambodia.

Cheers to new generations

- Our Rums -

Kampot Pepper Rum

Kampot Pepper Rum

Identity: Fine Cambodian Molasses. Made exclusively with Red Kampot Pepper from La Plantation
Origin: Cambodia
Alcohol: 40% alc/vol
Aging: Matured for 6 months in stainless steel tanks
Tasting notes: Considered one of the most aromatic and delicious pepper in the world, Kampot Pepper gives this rum a crispy sweet aroma with overtones of guava and eucalyptus. Spicy, fresh, and elegant, Kampot Pepper adds just the right kick to this exceptional rum.
Awards: a Double Gold Medal at the Madrid International Rum Conference 2017 and a Bronze medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2017 in London.

How to enjoy: best enjoyed when sipped neat or in exceptional cocktails
Find your Samai Kampot Pepper Rum: 5 cL, 20 cL, 70 cL.

Samai Gold Rum

Samai Gold Rum

Identity: Fine Cambodian Molasses
Origin: Cambodia
Alcohol: 40% alc/vol
Aging: Special French & American oak barrels and Sherry Casks. 
Tasting notes: This handcrafted rum has natural hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, and caramelized honey, balanced with a touch of Asian influence.
Awards: a Silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2017 in London and a Silver medal at the Barcelona Rum Congress 2017.

How to enjoy: Best enjoyed when sipped neat or in exceptional cocktails
Find your Samai Gold Rum: 5 cL, 20 cL, 70 cL

Samai PX Limited Edition

Samai PX Limited Edition

Identity: Exquisite limited edition
Origin: Cambodia
Alcohol: 40% alc/vol
Aging: Finest Sherry American oak barrels of exquisite Pedro Ximenez. Only 388 bottles produced made from a single barrel.
Tasting notes: Silky with beautiful notes of plums, figs, and raisins. You will experience a long finish of chocolate, coffee and toffee.

How to enjoy: To be enjoyed neat, as a digestive with dessert, or with a Cuban Cigar.
Find your Samai PX Limited Edition: 70 cL.

- Our Process -


Rich, Cambodian Molasses

It all starts with locally-grown sugar cane – nurtured by a warm Cambodian sun and fertile Cambodian soil. Only specially selected, high-quality sugar cane is used to produce the rich, caramel molasses that defines the complex base of all Samai premium rums.


From sugar to alcohol

Our fermentation step involves molasses and select yeast and takes place in specialized stainless steel vats, under carefully controlled conditions. The result is a mineral-rich mash at 10% alcohol/volume, full of character and ready for distillation.


Releasing the spirit

We use a handmade, 1800’s-style copper alembic pot for distillation. A rectifying lentil enables a purer distillate at 75% to 90% alcohol/volume, while keeping the rich character of the raw ingredients intact.


Patience is the key

The distilled spirit is brought down to 65% alcohol/volume, aged in French & American Oak barrels and Sherry casks. These barrels impart delicate flavour characteristics into the rum, whose character evolves in complexity, with each passing day.


Subtle combination

We taste each barrel carefully. Only rum from select barrels is expertly blended, brought down to 40% alcohol/volume and then allowed to rest.


Meticulous, hand-bottled

When Samai’s distinctive flavour profile is achieved, the rum is hand-bottled in-house and ready to be experienced – complex and intriguing rums, born of Cambodia’s natural riches.

- Our Team -

Antonio Lopez De Haro


Daniel Pacheco


Darachampich Moang

Production Manager & Master Distiller

Join our Team

Send your application at career@samaidistillery.com

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#9b, Street 830, Tonle Bassac
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

+855 (0)23 224 143
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