Took a sip of @bythedutch Batavia Arrack. Thought of procreation, bare-knuckle boxing, wildfire, pirates, swamps, jerk meat. OK, it’s legit.” David Wondrich
Batavia was the name of the capital city of the Dutch East Indies, and corresponds to the city of Jakarta today.
Batavia became the center of the Dutch East India Company trading network in Asia. The commerce of Batavia arrack was entirely in hands of the Dutch VOC. Virtually all arrack exported to Europe arrived in Amsterdam or Rotterdam in wooden barrels, where it would then be matured and blended to create a spirit of consistent quality and fine flavor.
‘By the Dutch’ produces traditional spirits with a Dutch heritage. Founded in 2015, ‘By the Dutch’ creates spirits that are primarily distilled and handcrafted in Schiedam, South Holland, a village also known as Genever-Town.
Appreciation of traditional Dutch spirits continues to grow, as does the spirits’ reputation for refined quality. ‘By the Dutch’ embodies these traditions, as they spread international awareness of Dutch spirits and share their Old Genever and Batavia Arrack Indonisian Rum with the US.
Rum of Indonesia
By the Dutch Batavia Arrack is a sugarcane molasses-based distillate produced exclusively on the island of Java, Indonesia, a special rum produced dating back to the 17th century. The fermentation process includes the addition of local red rice, setting it apart from standard sugarcane rum. The distillation is adopted from ancient Chinese methods using traditional pot-stills. The Master Blender ages Batavia Arrack in oak barrels for up to 8 years, creating a fantastically rich rum, deep in flavor, with a lovely, lingering finish.
Origin: Indonesia – Java
Blended: The Netherlands
750 ml / 48% alc/vol
4.5 stars · Difford’s Guide · Excellent
“Forget refinement, bring on the flavor explosion.”
4 stars · Spirit Journal 2016 · Highly Recommended
“Something different and worthwhile for spirits lovers of all categories, especially rum.”
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