J. S. RASCH VIN & SPIRITUS
J. S. Rasch wine and colonial trade has been selling the good things in life since 1807. The current ownership goes back 2 generations.
Rum Infused With Kumquat – Indonesian Spirit
Spiced Rum Malacca
Indonesia is the largest producer of spices in the world. So creating a spiced NAGA rum was a foregone conclusion. We called it MALACCA after the port in Malaysia from where ships loaded with Asian fruits and spices left for Europe.
Kumquat bark, the flesh of Indonesian jambu (java apples), citronella and cinnamon are used to give Indonesian Batavia Arrack rum citrusy aromas and a final freshness.
Its generous, bubbly taste is dominated by flavors of tangerine, lime and pear. The final note is fresh and sparkling.
Naga Batavia Arrack
At the origin of rum
Before sugarcane was ever planted in the Caribbean, before gin was distilled in London, even before the word “alcohol” was first used, people drank Arrack.
At the end of the 15th century, Portuguese and Dutch merchants reached the island of Java. They discovered that the Chinese sugarcane planters had developed a secret recipe which allowed the molasses to be fermented and then distilled to produce what is known today as BATAVIA ARRACK – INDONESIAN RUM.
BATAVIA was the name of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, located on the island of Java. Batavia Arrack can therefore be translated as “the strong liqueur of Jakarta. Batavia Arrack can be distinguished from other rums by the addition of fermented red rice, called Qu or Chu, in the process of fermenting the molasses. This molasses wine is then distilled in traditional Chinese stills to 65% , before being stored in terracotta vases.
It was in 1641 that we first began using “leaguers” (150-gallon barrels) to store and ship Batavia Arrack, replacing the fragile and cumbersome stoneware vases. They were made of teak, a traditional Indonesian wood.”
Homeland of sugar cane
A population of 250 million, of which 200 million are Muslim 50 million Hindu or Buddhist. 13,000 islands In the 6th century.
Hinduism and Buddhism became the dominant religions in the country. Islam first appeared in Sumatra in the 14th century, and went on to become the main religion in Indonesia from the 17th and 18th centuries onwards.
The majority of Indonesians adhere to and practice traditional beliefs and rituals that they mix with these religions.