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Kikusui Shuzo Ryoma Rhum Japonais (RX228)

Ryoma Rhum Japonais, a unique rum produced in Japan by Kikusui Shuzo distillery, is distilled from Sugar cane juice and aged for 7 years with an ABV of 40%. Featuring a distinct smell of vegetal, sake, alcoholic, woody, and floral notes, this rum offers a flavor profile of sake, vegetal, sugarcane, spice, and dark chocolate. It has received mixed reviews within the RumX community, with tasters finding it intriguing and polarizing. Some appreciate its complex, herbal, and unconventional character, while others are disappointed by its alcoholic taste or unfamiliarity with traditional rum profiles. Overall, Ryoma Rhum Japonais is an adventurous choice for those looking to explore a different side of rum.

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What does this rum taste like?

The flavor profile of Ryoma Rhum Japonais is based on 107 user reviews. We have compiled and summarized the community's tasting notes for you, to give you an impression of the aroma and taste of the rum:

Ryoma Rhum Japonais is nuanced and divisive, with an intriguing blend of sake, whiskey, and agricole notes. Dominated by vegetal, grassy, and herbal flavors, some may find it offbeat for a traditional rum. Complex yet potentially underwhelming, owing to its high price point.

Nosing impressions

Vegetal Sake Alcoholic Floral Woody Vanilla Citrus Tea Sugarcane Herbal

Taste impressions

Sake Vegetal Sugarcane Spice Alcoholic Dark chocolate Sweet Young wood Iodine Volatile


Vegetal Lemon Astringent Smoky Dark chocolate Sugarcane Medicinal Dry OrangePeal Salty

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How does the community rate this rum?

6.3 /10107 ratings

Community Rating

Already 107 registered users have rated and tested this rum, leaving an average rating of 6.3 out of 10. A total of users have marked this rum as their favorite (9+ points).

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„I think this rum is one of the most misunderstood ones in the market. I've been travelling in Japan and tried a lot of their spirits and it with that in mind I scored this rum. The nose starts off with whisky and sake, yes, sake. Then the vegetal and grassy notes appear with some oak and caramel. The palate is light yet complex with sake and Agricole notes. Later you have sake and the vegetal notes mixed with smoke and oak. The finish is medium long with sake and vegetal notes to it. The price is high for such a young rum, but nothing from Japan is cheap.“


Vanilla Caramel Whiskey Oak Floral


Light Floral Sake Vegetal Agricole
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„Tasted only once and I didn't like it, alcoholic in the nose and in the mouth. Sake scent, as if there was a problem...Then, a little better with herbal notes. It has nothing of a tropical rum.“


Vegetal Sake Sugarcane Tea Floral


Vegetal Sake Sugarcane Spice Alcoholic
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„Besides Nine Leaves, there are quite tasty drops from Japan. On the nose, it goes in the direction of Demerararum á la Pussers. Feels in the mouth at first like Agricole, which was then mixed with dirty molasses. For me, this results in aromas of coffee, caramel and dark chocolate. In the finish you realize then why there is point deduction here, with 40% this rum is unfortunately quite weak out back and a few% more would have given the quite delicious flavors the necessary power.“


Woody Vanilla Unknown Dark chocolate Mocha


Sugarcane Sake Caramel Molasses Chocolate
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„Off beat, crisp, clear. Has a shochu element. Dances to it's own tune, but nice.“


Cardboard Cereal Unknown Unknown Fruits


Crisp Light Grapes Cucumber Vanilla
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„Disappointing. Nose quite faint, plain. Deep brown color. Very sugary to the taste, overpowering, bit burnt bitterness, not so nice aftertaste…“

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„More cleaving there is not!!! A real UFO, if you like the extra terrestrial ones it is gained if not you leave running. One day I like it, one day I don't, a real curiosity that will not leave you indifferent but that will certainly not make the unanimity.“

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„Belle couleur, nez très complexe et agréable une fois le « saké » passé, bouche surprenante sur le saké, pas de rhum en bouche ! Ou alors il faut attendre une bouteille ouverte ou qu’il s’oxyde un peu, beaucoup… Atypique“




Sake Alcoholic Volatile
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„Niet veel speciaals aan“

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„Note sbilanciate e gusto dritto“

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„Robe très (trop ?) profonde, peut être pas simplement dûe au vieillissement. Nez léger. En bouche très sucré, un peu caramel. Déguster en début de line up après une glace, l'accord marche bien mais ce n'est pas ce qu'on cherche. Finale très courte, le sucre reste.“

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„Nase: Erinnert an Agricole, sehr würzig und deutliche Zuckerrohraromen. Gaumen: Würzig warm zu Beginn, dann Kräuter, Tee. Es folgt Schokolade. Abgang: Die pflanzlichen Aromen sowie die Würze halten sich lange, bevor leichte Rauchnoten durchschimmern. Fazit: Ausgefalleneres Exemplar. Es überwiegen pflanzliche und kräuterige Noten mit einem Hauch Schoko. Mir gefällt der Japaner.“


Spicy Sugarcane Herbal Licorice Tea


Spicy Sugarcane Maple Herbal Dark chocolate
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„Pas du Rhum, plutôt du Saké“

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„Soft and light. Not very aromatic overall. On the whisky“


Vanilla Caramel Polish Honey


Whiskey Iodine Oily
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What are the key data of the rum?

Made from
Sugar cane juice
7 years
Bottle volume
Price range
Under 100€

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About the Kikusui Shuzo distillery

The distillery Kikusui Shuzo is located in Japan. Rums from Kikusui Shuzo have been reviewed 108 times with an average of 6.2/10.

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