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By The Dutch Batavia Arrack 1-Year rum

By The Dutch Batavia Arrack 1-Year

Indonesia | Light

10.0/10 (1 rating)
Absolute taste perfection


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Posted 4 days ago by Cory Wid from United States with 87 ratings

Finding Batavia Arrack on the market is rare, as most of it gets blended into Swedish Flaggpunsch. I buy it whenever I see it, and couldn't believe my luck when I found a new brand at my local liquor store...

I study rum production and Batavia Arrack has been on my radar for a long time. It is like the Jamaican rums in that it is made from old traditional processes that harness wild yeast, namely the fission yeast S. pombe, which gives it a stronger "rum oil" aroma compared to most other rums. The old researchers obsessed over the quality of Batavia Arrack as it was once considered the best rum available, especially when punch was the sole means to imbibing (like in the 18th and 19th centuries).

However, make no mistake, this is not "Grand Arome" type like the Jamaican rums, it just has some really unique and valuable character. Look up my rating on the Van Oosten brand if you're interested in how Batavia Arrack is made and why I think it's special.

So far I had only been able to try the "Van Oosten" brand, which I like and appreciate contrary to most of the other opinions. This one is different and I think I like it even more.

The mineral and vegetal notes are enhanced as compared to Van Oosten, and so is the rum oil aroma. There is also a more intense stale note that I believe suggests furfural (stale, cardboard-like). It's weird but I like it. Some people draw parallels to Cachaca, Agricole, and even Tequila and I would say that's understandable.

I can smell the rum-oil fruitiness quite clearly without dilution, which suggests higher concentration than the Van Oosten brand. This would make outstanding rum punch, I'm sure of it. Since for the most part no-one makes old-fashioned punches anymore, I'd recommend a daiquiri. If you're a serious rum connoisseur I'd recommend picking up a bottle if you find it.