Naga Batavia Arrack

At the origins of rum

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Before sugarcane was ever planted in the Caribbean, before gin was distilled in London, even before the word "alcohol" had been used for the first time, 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 for 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 to use "leaguers" (150-gallon barrels) to store and ship Batavia Arrack, replacing the fragile and cumbersome stoneware vases. They were made from teak, a traditional Indonesian wood."

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Guardians of Nature

Nagas

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The name Naga is that of the mythical creature of Asia, Serpent guardian of the treasures of the earth and symbol of prosperity, fertility and protector Of the treasures of nature.

The nāga is a mythical being of Hinduism, but the word also means basically: serpent. The naga in religion keep the treasures of nature, are attached to water and bring prosperity.

In the legends of India and all of Southeast Asia, the nâgas are inhabitants of the underworld where they jealously guard the treasures of the earth. It is also in the naga that the fertility of the soil is due.

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Indonesia

The Motherland of Sugarcane

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A population of 250 million

of which 200 million are Muslim

and 50 million Hindu or Buddhist.
13,000 islands In the 6th century.

Hinduism and Buddhism became the dominant religions of the country. Islam first appeared in Sumatra in the 14th century, and went on to become the majority religion of Indonesia from the 17th and 18th centuries onwards.

The majority of Indonesians adhere to and practice traditional beliefs and rites, which they mix with these religions.

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