Distilled-beverage

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Super Kam Ram = it means Super Roar in thai and it packs a whollop.

Another variety of Lao Kao  or white whiskey  which is a popular rice liquor 40% and up that is consumed across Indochina. 

I am addicted to this stuff, there are roadside bars that sell buffet spreads with up to 20 different varieties of this stuff and its great fun tasting your way through the selection.

As close to a Mezcaleria that i’ve seen outside of Mexico.   You always have more interesting conversation when drinking clear liquor straight up.  fuck beer sometimes for r

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Soju Virgin

                                               

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On Friday night, I learned that I was a “soju virgin” having never before tasted the Korean distilled beverage that tastes similar to, but is actually much lighter and sweeter than, vodka. A quick Wikipedia search informed me that soju is traditionally distilled from rice, but can also be made from potatoes, wheat, barley, sweet potatoes, or tapioca. It is also typically consumed in group gatherings (check) where everyone typically downs their glass in one gulp (check). 

More soju etiquette that I found interesting:

  1. A glass should not be refilled unless completely empty and should be promptly refilled once empty; it is considered rude to not fill someone else’s glass when empty.
  2. It is against traditional custom in Korea to fill one’s own glass. Instead, it must be filled by someone else at the table.
  3. In Korean culture, using two hands to offer and accept items is considered an act of respect. Accordingly, if one’s glass is going to be filled by a superior, one should hold the glass with both hands. Similarly, when pouring soju for an elder, one holds the bottle with both hands.
  4. I found it interesting that soju was originally introduced to Korea by the Mongols, but such formal ceremony has evolved around it. 

Anyway, I am soju virgin no more! :)

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“I do hereby solemnly pledge myself…never to use as a beverage any distilled or malt liquors, wine or cider.” 

19th century membership pledge and certificate for the U.S.A. Temperance Union of the Army of the Potomac. Major General Silas Casey served as president of the group that formed in 1864. Edward H. Uniac was Secretary.

From the Thompson Collection of Lincolniana 1803-1965 (M4, Box 1, folder 1), Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library