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.