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May 19, 2010 06:18 PM

Looking for Palm based Arrack

I am just wondering if anyone knows of a source for palm Arrack. Bevmo seems to only have european Anise flavored Arrack, but I'm looking for the kind made from fermented Palm syrup like the kind you find in Sri Lanka.

Thanks for any tips!

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  1. Never seen palm-based Arrack, but K&L Wines in San Francisco has Batavia Arrack. We once mail ordered a half case of it--it made great gifts for certain types of friends. Please report back if you find any palm-based arrack.

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    1. re: SteveG

      I like how you emphasized that it made great gifts for certain type of friends - definitely a love/hate drink

      1. re: SteveG

        Is the Batavia not made with palm sugar then?

        If you're making lime and soda based cocktails with arak, cachaca is a reasonable substitute. Similar hangovers too.

        1. re: Windy

          From wikipedia: "Batavia Arrack is distilled in Indonesia. It is the "rum" of Indonesia, because--like rum--it is distilled from sugar cane. It is a pot still distillation, a type of still which was influenced by the Chinese, who brought the distillation process to Indonesia.
          To start the fermentation, local fermented red rice is combined with local yeast to give a unique flavour and smell of the distillate. It is distilled to approx. 70% alc. vol. Like rum, Batavia Arrack is often a blend of different original parcels."

      2. The following website lists several types of Sri Lanka Arrack for delivery in Sri Lanka but also lists a number in Kentucky. Maybe you could call them and see if they also deliver within the U.S.:


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        1. re: d_doubleyew

          Thanks! I just saw your reply. Sounds like a good lead.