Mekong Whiskey on the River in Chiang Khong
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.
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.