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Cocktails in Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s magic rum

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Idyllic destination, exciting new experiences, exotic food and summery cocktails all day, right? You bet. Our Koh Samui villas offer exactly that and a whole lot more. Although, when it comes to domestic Thai spirits worth drinking, the selection in Koh Samui is underwhelming. Unless you know this: there is magic rum on this island.

magic alambic rum samui

IMAGE FROM MAGIC ALAMBIC RUM

Of the few distilleries in Thailand, Magic Alambic Rum is the only one producing a Caribbean agricole-style spirit and they offer a true island experience right here in Koh Samui – local rum tasting.

Located on the southern tip of Koh Samui, this rum distillery was founded in 2003 by entrepreneurial couple Elisa and Michel Gabrel. Elisa, originally from Martinique, and Frenchman Michel experimented with brewing alcohol from the abundance of locally-grown tropical fruits available. Unsuccessful at first, they decided to make rum in the agricole style, a process that uses distillation from freshly-squeezed sugarcane, which is readily available in North Thailand. This facility is the first French distillery in Thailand. 

koh samui fruit market

SAMUI MARKET – IMAGE FROM VILLA WAIMARIE

AGRICOLE SUGARCANE RUM

While most industrial rums are made from molasses and additives like caramel, rum agricole is an exception because it originated in the West Indies where the French government strictly controlled its production.

Agricole-style rum is made from a single ingredient: 100% pure first-press sugarcane juice, which gives it a dynamic and delicate earthy taste and a high alcohol content. Here’s how: raw sugarcane stalks are pressed to extract fresh juice, which is naturally fermented for two to three days before being distilled and put to rest in stainless steel tanks or aged in wooden barrels.

IMAGE FROM MAGIC ALAMBIC RUM

RUM TASTING IN KOH SAMUI

Visit the Magic Alambic Rum distillery in South Koh Samui for a fun memorable experience. We recommend renting a car for a leisurely day trip to this remote area. Make sure not to drive under the influence after a tasting.

Visitors are greeted by Ludovic or Martial Leplutois (owners since January 2014) with an invitation to see the rum production facilities and sample the final products in the tasting area surrounded by beautiful palm trees. See the rum being made first-hand if you happen to visit Samui at the right time – the production season is from December until May. Magic Alambic Rum distillery now processes over 10 tons of sugarcane per season to achieve a distillation of about 6,000 liters of rum.

This Thai sugarcane rum is best savoured on its own or with a special addition of the homemade Ti’ Punch syrup and fresh limes. A typical Caribbean-style island cocktail, Ti’ Punch is refreshing and strong. Other rum flavours to try include coconut, lime, orange and pineapple.

Yes, flavoured rums too. Using an alambic still imported from Armagnac (the same equipment famously used to distill Cognac) the team now also successfully brew a popular selection of all-natural homemade rums from all kinds of fruits. The coconut rum, made from coconut flesh which has soaked for several months, is a best-seller. Piña coladas, anyone?

Thai sugarcane rum

IMAGE FROM MAGIC ALAMBIC RUM

SHOP AND RESTAURANT

Magic Alambic Rum, the original and the flavoured variations are available for purchase in right there on-site in various glass bottle volumes. Price? Not bad at all. 70cl bottle (700ml) approximately 700 baht (USD $20) and 33cl approx. 400 baht. Check with customs in your next international destination for any limits on the amount of alcohol you are allowed to bring.

For hungry birds, there’s a charming and exotic shaded alfresco dining terrace and a swimming pool alongside the rum bar. La Route du Rum welcomes groups, couples and families to enjoy Thai traditional cuisine and French casual food, a  medley of  fresh international dishes isthat perfectly complement zesty fruit flavours of tropical rums and cocktails.  There is also a good selection of soft drinks for non-drinkers and wines and Belgian beers for non-rum-drinkers. Reservations are advised, not required. All ages are welcome. 

Magic Alambic Distillery
44/5 Moo 3 Na Mueang

Koh Samui, Thailand
+66 91 816 7416
facebook.com/rumdistillery

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