About Thai Spirits

About Thai Spirits
Rum is very popular in Thailand; in fact the national spirit is a distilled beverage akin to a rum. Called Mekhong, this is distilled from molasses and rice and then blended with an assortment of Thai herbs and spices; distillation takes place in both pot and column stills. With a copper color and aromas of orange peel, balsamic, soy and tobacco, this has a spicy, peppery finish. This is meant for mixing in exotic cocktails.

There are various versions of rum; spiced rums are very popular. Offering sweet tropical fruit and subtle cream flavors, these are ideal for summer cocktails. Also produced are VSOP brandies and whiskeys.

Top Picks for Thailand

Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum
94 points
$50
Medium gold color. Rich, nutty, spicy aromas of nut brittle, creme brulee, cedar, and sweet tobacco with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long creamy pistachio gelato, cherry cola, baking spices, and minerals finish. A rich and rewarding gold rum that delivers a lot of flavor and balance for the category.
Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum
92 points
$69.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coconuts and nuts with a silky, dryish medium body and a long, mineral and cream accented finish. A very flavorful and well made dry golden rum.
92 points $69.99
BlackMask Tropical Chai Spiced Pacific Rum
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Amber. Mellow spice aromas and flavors of root beer float, herbal liqueur, star anise, and cinnamon with a very dry light-to-medium body and a nut, dried flower, cola, and pepper accented finish. A dry, zesty spiced rum that will add a lot of character to cocktails.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
BlackMask Original Spiced Pacific Rum
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Coconut taffy and tropical fruit punch aromas with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a dried tropical citrus, peppery spice, and mineral finish. A nice dry spiced rum.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Mekhong "The Spirit of Thailand"
85 points
$14.99
Copper penny color. Rich aromas of soy sauce, orange peel, balsamic, toffee and mint tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit, cedar, brown sugar, and peppery spice finish. Interesting; try in adventurous cocktails.
85 points $14.99