Be First

The story of Chai Rum is inextricably linked to naval tradition and supersedes the idea of regional rums as the only true ‘Rum of the Oceans’.

Chai Rum Bottle


Chai Rum



Finding the perfect partnering between the leaves of tea from the East Indies and Rum from the West Indies was a journey in itself. Two complex arts married in perfect harmony, bringing back to life, the discovery recorded in the 17th Century, that the combination of Rum with tea was most delightful.

Great Grand Parents and Family Estate

Our family on the island goes back four generations since arriving from India. Educators, artists, mathematicians, writers (including a Nobel laureate). Ours is a rich history, defined by progress. Two famous properties on the island tell the story of a family that progressed from traditional to groundbreaking; a journey that continues. The house of SMAKS is the only luxury brand of its kind in the West Indies.


Chai Rum is a sophisticated sipping product and is best enjoyed neat. We do have a few carefully developed recommendations on other Chai Rum experiences.

There are two ways to enjoy Chai Rum Neat: in a brandy snifter either warmed or at room temperature or in a double old fashioned - with a large block of ice.

Chai Rum Neat

Blowtorch a plank of untreated cedar wood until it smokes,
Place double old fashion over the smoking wood.
Turn glass down on tray trapping the smoke
leave for 30-45 seconds
Turn over
Add large block of ice
Add Chai Rum
Garnish with rind of orange

Chai Rum Boucane

Use a Flute Champagne Glass
5 cl of Chai Rum
1 Griottine Cherry
Ice Cold Brut Champagne or Prosecco

Chai Rum Jacomo

"It is as if the world has been reduced into a glass"

Kiran Shivan Akal

Kiran Shiva Akal is a tea maker and the creator of the worldʼs first Chai Rum. The second son within the family, he read medicine at university, is a composer and artist signed to a major music publisher and has been a creative director and artist for events that include The Worldʼs fair in Seville Spain, Bastille Day in Paris France and Art Basel Miami. He has been voted one of the hundred most influential creative thinkers in the State of Florida (Florida International Design Magazine) and was The Design Center of the Americaʼs Star of Design awardee in 2012. He is currently Artist in residence for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.



Chai Rum may be purchased through these outlets:


Southern Wine and Spirits AZ/NM

2375 S 45th Ave. 
AZ 85043
United States of America

A to Z Wholesale Wine & Spirits

2924 Reward Lane
TX 75220
United States of America

Southern Wine and Spirits AZ/NM

1601 Commercial Strett NE.
NM 87102
United States of America

Transatlantic Wine and Spirits

2900 SW 149th Ave,
Suite 300
Florida 33027
United States of America


Coming Soon

Locations coming soon!  


Glazer’s Premier Distributors LLC

7020 Estate Bovoni,
P.O. Box 502790
St. Thomas, VI 00805
(340) 775-1275

Cave Shepherd

1st Floor,
#24 Broad St.,
Barbados, BB11000
1 (246) 227-1330

Westridge Caribbean Distributors Limited

No 9 The Park,
Trinidad and Tobago



Tresor de Taliouine Sarl

5, Route du Cordon
1260 Nyon- Switzerland
Switzerland : + 41 22 362 10 00
France : +33 787 74 02 52

Green Seed Nordic

Korskildelund 6,
2670 Greve
+45 3583 3573

True Specialities

Korskildelund 6 – 2670 Greve,
Denmark: +45 35 83 35 73
Sweden: +46 16 14 9216

Green Seed Nordic

Kvicksundsstigen 8,
6352 Kvicksund
+46 1614 9216