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Categories: Rum/Rum Liqueurs

For at least four centuries, distillers on the Indonesian island of Java have produced ‘arrack’ spirits from molasses and rice mold, using many of the same techniques originally developed in China and later used in Japan for making shochu. While religious and cultural changes in modern-day Indonesia have left distillation a quiet business, established links between Arrack producers and European rum traders originally dating to the time of the Dutch East India Company remain, making it still possible to enjoy this, one of the world’s most ancient spirits and source of the original punch tradition.

      Batavia Arrack van Oosten bottle

      Batavia Arrack van Oosten

      Java 50.0% ABV

      50.0% ABV

      From the late 17th to 19th century, in an age when “Punch” was a celebration of all things then exotic—citrus, sugar, and spice—no Punch was without a true Batavia Arrack. Made from sugar cane and fermented red rice, and bottled at elevated proof without aging, Batavia Arrack van Oosten combines smoky fruitiness with a vegetal funk that soaks up tea, lemon, and sugar in the punch bowl. Beyond these uses, Batavia Arrack is also today found in boutique European chocolates and cocktails at Bali resorts and bars across the USA. Full details

      Batavia Arrack van Oosten label
      KRONAN Swedish Punsch bottle

      KRONAN Swedish Punsch

      Sweden (Java, Jamaica, Guyana) 26.0% ABV

      26.0% ABV

      Swedish Punsch is a liqueur of two histories—a national drink in Sweden, and a component of more than fifty classic cocktails. Made with rums from the West Indies (Demerara and Jamaica) and East Indies (Batavia Arrack) and numerous spice and bitter flavors, KRONAN has exceptional depth and complexity, particularly with a bit of citrus added. Use in the Doctor Cocktail, Diki-Diki, and Mabel Berra cocktails. With ice and a squeeze of lime, KRONAN is an ideal and easy afternoon drink, after dinner, or with cigars. Full details

      KRONAN Swedish Punsch label