From Sichuan pep­per gin to red plum rice wine, we present our pick of the re­gion’s most sin­gu­lar sig­na­ture spir­its

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Hid­den in the twist­ing al­leys of Ph­nom Penh's Tonle Bas­sac neigh­bour­hood, Samai Dis­tillery has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing Cam­bo­dia's first – and only – pre­mium rum dis­tillery. Its sig­na­ture Kam­pot Pep­per Rum, made from lo­cal mo­lasses and pep­per from the King­dom's lush river-crossed prov­ince of Kam­pot, puts a South­east Asian spin on a drink long as­so­ci­ated with steamy nights sweat­ing in the Caribbean sum­mer. Samai Dis­tillery's bar opens for drinks on Thurs­day evenings and is a favourite among Ph­nom Penh's in­ner-city elite.

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