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Mekong Whiskey on the River in Chiang Khong

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Mekong Whiskey

 

Mekong Whiskey or Cutty Sark Scotch?

We crossed over from Laos to Thailand on a sampan. We walked to the Teak Garden Hotel.  Our luggage was taken by tuk-tuk, a Thai motorized three wheel contraption.  Why check in now?  We had been in Yunnan China for over a week. Thailand seemed like home except for this driving on the wrong side of the road stuff.

We found a watering hole. All they had was beer and Cutty Sark Scotch. He charged me all of 90 US cents for scotch on the rocks. It must have been a old bottle and he didn’t know its value.  I enjoyed it and went back to the lovely Teak Garden Hotel to get ready for dinner.

Here is where I learned about Mekong Whiskey, which is actually Sang Som rum made in Thailand from Thai sugarcane. We dined on deck on the Mekong Sun. — at Chiang Khong, Thailand.  Our host for the tour, Tony Deng, crossed over illegally into Thailand to join us. No time for fees, passport stamps, etc. After-all, he is Chinese. He had taken us all over Yunnan the previous week or so.

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Sang Som Rum

Our host on the Mekong Sun, a German entrepreneur Hans Engberding passes around this bottle of Mekong Whiskey. I asked what it was. He explained that it is actually rum made from Thai sugarcane.  Then it is rum.  “Yeah, but they call it Mekong Whiskey here.”  I get an idea.  I ask the waiter to bring me a lime, and a glass of soda water.   I pour some of the Sang Som over the ice.  I squeeze most of a lime and add half a packet of brown sugar.  I stir and sip. Oh a nice cocktail.

What a lovely evening aboard Hans’s cruise ship the Mekong Sun. No mosquitoes, and a nice breeze. Since I raved about the rum, Hans gave me a bottle to bring home to the USA.  It made the trip and now all I have is an empty bottle of Sang Som Rum.

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Dinner in Thailand

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