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    Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    Here is another series of alcohol reviews I did. Just goes to prove the job isn't all fun and games !
    They said if you eat the Scorpion they would send you a T-Shirt. I replied I had plenty of T-shirts.
    The 7 Year Old Anejo had a particularly large Scorpion in it. Like this was a positive selling point ? A bigger bug in my more expensive mezcal ?
    It was excellent mezcal but I would have preferred a blown glass one like the cactus or agave you see in those high end bottles of Tequila.
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    Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

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    Post Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    One of the most expensive food delicacies in the world is scorpions at some hotel in Thailand (it may be The Rafters, but don't hold me to that). I read an article about it several years ago and can't remember any details.

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    Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer View Post
    One of the most expensive food delicacies in the world is scorpions at some hotel in Thailand (it may be The Rafters, but don't hold me to that). I read an article about it several years ago and can't remember any details.

    Tim
    It may be a delicacy, but I don't have the guts to eat a scorpion. No way.
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    Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    Scorpions are also a cold or flu remedy and even possibly a snack in China. We saw what I think were vacuum sealed snack-type packages containing 6-10 scorpions in individual blisters. This was in an airport gift shop about 4 years ago.

    Jeff

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    Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    There is also a vodka on the market with a scorpion in the bottle. The claim is that the scorpions are farm raised and de venomized before use in the vodka. Definitely makes me want to run out and get a bottle!

    Thomas

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    Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    This is along the same lines as the Habu Saki in Okinawa. A Habu is a viper native to the islands of Okinawa, that they put in the bottles of liquor. I don't think it can technically be called Saki, since it is way too strong to be naturally fermented. I have never even heard of anyone eating the snake.

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    Re: Forget the Worm ! Scorpion Mezcal

    Quote Originally Posted by lar03 View Post
    This is along the same lines as the Habu Saki in Okinawa. A Habu is a viper native to the islands of Okinawa, that they put in the bottles of liquor. I don't think it can technically be called Saki, since it is way too strong to be naturally fermented. I have never even heard of anyone eating the snake.
    I had a bizzare experience in a curio shop in Kansas. this place had all sorts of stuff from all over the world. I was looking at some giant stone columns when the owner came over to see if I needed any help. I explained I was just shopping, but enquired how anyone could move these columns. He said he would provide for that, and I told him it made my back hurt just looking at it. This ran into a "lower back problem " discussion, whereupon he told me he had come upon a cure. He led me to a back store room where he showed me some very old and ornate glass jars that appeared to contain pickeled snakes! He told me these jars were ages old, and contained some kind of plum liquor and the snakes were mamba snakes, known in viet nam as "two step charlies" as if you were bit by one, you only got two steps before you keeled over. He said these things were jared and stored for decades, whereupon drinking any of this liquor would kill you. I was further told that this was used to kill in death sentences, etc., and after numerous more decades, they lost their zap and would no longer kill. He maintained that consuming small amounts of the liquor from the jar ended his back pain. Aparently the venom is a super muscle relaxant! I wasnt about to consume any of the contents, nor did I see him do so, but we did sample the liquor that he used to "refill" the jars....It tasted like crap. He may have been telling me a tale, but he kept his composure as he did! very interesting anyway.

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