Spy Vs Spy: Spy Black and Spy Ice

Spy

Brewer: Siam Winery Co Ltd

Spy Black Wine Cooler – A delicious blend of the finest wine, sparkling mineral water and natural ingredients: the Siam Winery Co has the temerity to write those exact words on the bottle. Maybe the finest wine that Thailand has to offer actually is in Spy, hidden beneath Thailand’s finest sugar and edible industrial chemicals. It pours as black as it looks but with a faint portwine edge. As much as I was hoping for either “Guinness”, “Black Pudding” or “Coal” flavour, the chemical nose betrays the taste of faux-grape and sugar syrup. Alcohol by volume 7%.

Spy Ice Wine Cooler – Anything that is advertised as “ice” flavour that is neither based on crystal methamphetamine nor frozen water is cause for immediate suspicion. Ice is a naturally occurring crystalline solid and calling it anything otherwise is an affront to physics. Slight nose of lemon-scented car freshener. Syrupy mouthfeel. Like a drunken, van-less Mr Whippy had stirred a lemonade-flavored icy pole through a glass of stale Spumante. Altogether, the best Spy I have ever tasted and the clear victor. ABV 4%.

Location: Most larger drink stores, Cambodia-wide

Price:3000 riel

4 thoughts on “Spy Vs Spy: Spy Black and Spy Ice”

  1. Ouch. The punishment you subject yourself to for our reading pleasure…

    I will choose a street vendor’s ‘Sraa Krahom’ or ‘Sraa Saa’ to Spy any day of the week. Easier on the wallet, similar chemical aftertaste.

  2. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Mad magazine – the last issue that I clearly remember reading parodied Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie from 1990 – which has kind of stuck in my head because TMNT was a parody of other earlier comic books. I’ve never been much of a comic book reader.

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