Closed Loop Service Commences in Cambodia With Rosewood Phnom Penh & Samai Rum

PHNOM PENH 12 January 2022 ecoSPIRITS is celebrating the launch of its inaugural closed loop service in Cambodia with one of the country’s leading luxury hotels, Rosewood Phnom Penh, and local ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner, Samai Rum. To mark the launch of ecoSPIRITS Cambodia, Sora Sky Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh has created the Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail – the first in Cambodia to feature the ecoSPIRITS technology – to showcase a uniquely Cambodian spirit alongside sustainable local flavours and ingredients. For every Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail served through April 2022 at the hotel, one tree will be planted under the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program.

The Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail by Sora Sky Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh

Rosewood Phnom Penh, the latest property from Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to collaborate with ecoSPIRITS, is an ultra-luxury hotel located in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Soaring 188 metres above Phnom Penh, the hotel occupies the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia. With unobstructed views of the fabled Mekong River, the hotel is home to six restaurants and lounges. Sora Sky Bar, the hotel’s flagship rooftop bar, is one of the country’s most acclaimed beverage venues, offering an expansive whisky collection, carefully curated cocktails and a spectacular view.

Rosewood Phnom Penh at Vattanac Capital Tower

An ultra-luxury hospitality experience in Phnom Penh

Sora Sky Bar, the hotel’s flagship rooftop venue

Daniel Simon, Managing Director of Rosewood Phnom Penh

“We are proud to be the first hotel in Cambodia to partner with ecoSPIRITS. This exciting collaboration enables Rosewood Phnom Penh to deepen its commitment to sustainability while showcasing Cambodia’s incredible flavours and scenery from Phnom Penh’s highest bar. Featuring made-in-Cambodia rums and local Khmer ingredients, Sora Sky Bar’s limited-edition Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail embodies our Sense of Place® philosophy and serves as living proof that high-quality, delicious, sustainable cocktails are the future.”

Sora Sky Bar Manager, Udom Chhoun, created the Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail to honour the hotel’s new partnership with ecoSPIRITS. Inspired by a traditional Khmer snack from Kampot, Cambodia, the unique cocktail stars hand-crafted, aromatic Samai Kampot Pepper and Gold rums from Samai Distillery, the country’s first and only premium rum producer. Both rums are delivered to the hotel in low-waste ecoTOTE™ format, infused with coconut meat, then mixed with Mancino Bianco vermouth, fresh lemon juice, and egg whites. As a finishing touch, the cocktail is garnished with toasted black sesame and dried coconut for a silky, elegant tipple bursting with Khmer flavours.

The Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail

Samai Rum in ecoTOTE™ format

Udom Chhoun, Sora Sky Bar Manager

As Samai Distillery transitions to ecoTOTE™ format for the distribution of its award-winning rums in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and other cities across the country, it is set to become the most sustainable spirit producer in the Cambodian market. The move to closed-loop packaging technology will dramatically reduce the distillery’s import of glass bottles from Europe and eliminate single-use paper labels, stoppers and cartons. Overall, the ecoSPIRITS system will now eliminate an estimated 91% of the carbon footprint associated with the packaging and distribution of Samai Rum in Phnom Penh, or the equivalent of 830g of CO2e per bottle. To further the positive impact of the collaboration, ecoSPIRITS and Samai Distillery are planting one native tree in the Rosewood Phnom Penh forest under the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program for each Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail served.

Production of rum at Samai Distillery

The award-winning Samai craft rums

Cambodia will participate in the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program

Daniel Pacheco, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Samai

“At Samai we are proud to be leading this revolution bringing sustainability to the alcohol industry in Cambodia. And we hope this collaboration with ecoSPIRITS can inspire others to reduce their own carbon footprint. Launching the ecoSPIRITS collaboration with Rosewood Phnom Penh was only fitting based on their proven commitment to sustainability, as evidenced by their launch of a new signature sustainable cocktail. This is only the beginning of a journey we hope to share with other brands and venues in the coming months and years.”

Samai White, Gold and Kampot Pepper Rums are now available across Cambodia in ecoTOTE™ format from ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner distributor, Moonshine Cambodia. For more information, please contact order@moonhine.asia. For a booking at the Sora Bar to enjoy the Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail, please contact phnompenh@rosewoodhotels.com. You can also follow Rosewood Phnom Penh on Instagram @rosewoodphnompenh


About Rosewood Phnom Penh

Rosewood Phnom Penh presents an ultra-luxury hospitality experience in the Cambodian capital. The hotel is located on the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower in the central business district, with unobstructed views of the city and the fabled Mekong River from its position within the tallest building in the capital. Rosewood Phnom Penh embraces the Rosewood brand’s A Sense of Place®️ philosophy and reflects the location’s history, culture and sensibilities. It features 175 rooms and suites; six restaurants and lounges, including Sora, a sky bar on a cantilevered terrace; Sense, a Rosewood Spa; a fitness center; a 22-meter indoor lap swimming pool; and meeting facilities that include The Pavilion residential-style meeting and function space.

For more information or reservations, please contact phnompenh@rosewoodhotels.com or +855 23 936 888

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About Samai Distillery

Samai Distillery was founded in 2014 in Phnom Penh and is regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s pioneering craft distilleries. As Cambodia’s first and only premium rum producer, the Samai team produce hand-crafted, premium rums using high-quality, locally grown ingredients and a process that pays tribute to age-old rum making traditions. Complex and full of character, Samai rums reflect the unique Cambodian terroir. With four premium products in its portfolio, Samai rums are distributed in France, Singapore, Spain, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Korea, with more countries to come. If you happen to be in Cambodia, don’t miss a chance to try the rums and exclusive cocktails at the bar inside the distillery, or book your private tour.

For more information, please visit: https://www.samaidistillery.com/