The majority of you have most likely heard about it, and quite a few of you may have actually seen it or own a bottle of it. Vietnamese whisky aka “snake wine” is a liquid claimed to be good for all sorts of things. Locals declare that king cobras infused in a bottle of whisky or rice wine have medicinal purposes including the claimed ability to create arousal on consumption. On my recent trip to Nam, on any given street in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, bottles of all shapes and sizes containing cobras and other interesting reptiles could be found for next to nothing. This exotic Asian beverage is certainly a rare gift and one for the cabinet. I personally did not bring my self back one of these transparent bottled treats as it would have only got confiscated if found. Out of the thousands that pass freely through customs I would have been the one stopped and checked. Let me be honest, even if I brought back a bottle I would not have the courage to consume it. For those who will be making a journey to Vietnam and would like to make a purchase but hesitate and don’t, good news, you have one last chance at both international airports. If any Whiskies R Us readers have had a shot, please feel free to review this venom-fuelled liquid.
For further information take a look a Wikipedia, the site has an interesting description on snake wine that may be of interest.