This spirit is made from 95% sugar cane, (Thailand’s climate helps create some of the best sugar cane in the world) 5% rice and a secret mixture of herbs, spices and caramel.
The alcohol content 35% is low, which according to the distillers, should lead to making better mixed drinks.
The nose on this rum is rewarding and yet it does not yield the flavors hidden in the complex body of this fine spirit.
Now, you are wondering, just what does this rum taste like?
It tastes like the far east, it tastes like The Smoking Budda, (all you locals know just what I mean!) it tastes like your favorite Thai restaurant, it tastes like this!
There is ginger, toffee, citrus and vanilla on the tongue, a warm smooth finish. When I taste this rum I get a flavor I can only describe as green. Bamboo? Sprouts? Celery? Lemongrass? Who knows? But it sure is interesting.
Check Mekhong’s web site. It is full of information on this very different and tasty rum. Get some if you can, it was not very expensive and certainly worth a try.
Gidget & I have returned, begrudgingly, from Key West after spending 6 awesome days filled with great music, terrific tasty food, spectacular sunsets and lots of fun.
We certainly got our Jimmy Buffett on, with visits to Capt. Tony’s saloon, Sloppy Joes, and the Green Parrot. I had a cheeseburger in paradise at Garbo’s grill, a tiny (and I mean tiny) food cart on Caroline St. and of course had a drink at Louie’s Backyard!
The rich history of Key West blends in nicely as the cruise ships of today can be seen from the tower where the wreckers watched for ship wrecks on the shallow reefs. The business of salvaging goods and lives were key to the area’s economy.
spent a good part of his life here and Key West helped create his legend, from his home filled with 6 toed cats, to his drinking at Sloppy Joes.
Not all of our travels were spent in bars, restaurants, and museums, which would not make good journalism for a watersports blog now would it.
The keys are surrounded by nature and we took a stand up paddle eco trip through a mangrove filled bay where we spotted a nurse shark (I knew right away it was a nurse shark from the hat with the red cross on it)
The ecosystem of the mangroves is quite complex and simple at the same time. Our guide, Elio, did a wonderful job in sharing her knowledge with us.
A sea slug and horse shoe crab were a couple of inhabitants of the area we got to meet close up, but I thought the Cassiopeia jelly fish were the most amazing sight, Thanks to the crew at Geiger Key Paddle Hut for this great experience.
We had hoped to get a few more paddle trips in but the breeze filled in for a couple of days so there was nothing left to do but rent a Hobie cat for an afternoon sail.
A vacation would not be compete with out a quest for local rums, and our quest lead us to Key West’s Legal Rum Distillery http://www.keywestlegalrum.com
A great little shop where Gidget bought a new, much-needed windsurf harness, Shana was of great help and answered all our questions. Check it out if you find yourself on Islamorada.
Key West and the Florida Keys are a great place, full of fun adventures and scenery, the natural beauty of the state parks, from the nite life of Duval St. to the wild chickens of Key West, where if you look hard enough you may find the answer to one on life most perplexing questions, “Why did the chicken cross the road”
Here is another great find, and surprisingly it’s a WHITE rum again. Diplomatico Blanco reserve comes from the great rum brand that we all like very much “Diplomatico” from venezula. Drinking this Rum “straight” it’s silky smooth, with a nice vanilla sweetness upfront that finishes dry and a little warm. When enjoying it on the rocks, it just seemed to get watered down and not open up any more flavor, and of course this would make for a top shelf mixing rum for all mixed rum drinks. End result this bottle gets emptied way too fast! Definitely grab this rum if you can find it!