Thailand, with its tropical heat and fertile soil, has excellent conditions for growing sugar cane, yet Thai rum doesn’t get much press outside the country. Sang Som, one of its most popular distilleries, is hoping to gain more renown with Phraya. It’s made from sugarcane grown in Nakhon Pathom in southern Thailand, and aged for seven to 12 years in a warehouse situated over a cool lagoon, which tempers the heat so the rum can age slowly, without overly extracting the oak. The result is so and gentle, with light mineral, citrus and cinnamon scents, and sweet, woodsy notes that flow along with tropical fruit flavors. The price may be on the high end compared to other rums, but it’s worth a try.
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This story appears in the print issue of August 2013.
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