The Spirit of Thailand
Mekhong is Thailand’s national spirit and named after the mighty Mekhong River, which flows along its border. First introduced in 1941, it is the first and most famous spirit in Thailand.
Nowadays Mekhong is a source of pride for the Thai people and has come to symbolise the friendly welcome for which Thailand is world renowned.
Mekhong is Thailand's first domestically produced branded golden spirit. Launched in 1941, it quickly became the most popular brand in Thailand. This was helped by a dispute with the French concerning the border with Laos along the Mekong River which gives the brand its name.
Despite being known as a whisky, Mekhong is in fact much closer to a rum. The distilled spirit is made from 95% sugar cane/molasses and 5% rice. This distilled spirit is then blended with a secret recipe of indigenous herbs and spices to produce its distinctive aroma and taste.
Mekhong is distilled, blended and bottled at the Bangyikhan Distillery on the outskirts of Bangkok.
Bangyikhan Distillery traces its roots to 1786.
Here are full texts from the labels
th_4: Mekhong; Bangyikhan Distillery; Under Thai government supervision; For export only; Product of thailand
th_5: Estd 1941 Thailand; Mekhong; The spirit of Thailand; Imported; Distilled, Blended & Bottled by Bangyikhan Distillery; Produce of Thailand; 700 ml e; 35% vol
th_10: Hong Thong; Blended Spirits; Since 1977; 35% Vol; 1 Litre
th~3: Estd 1941 Thailand; Mekhong; The Spirit of Thailand; Imported; Distilled Blended & Bottled by Bangyikhan Distillery; Product of Thailand; Mfd 19/12/2007; 700 ml e; 35% vol; Bangyikhan Distillery, Produced since 1756?; 8852388000699