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