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Old 03-02-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
Edward Hamilton
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Your experience looking for Batavia Arrack on the internet is a function of a couple of things. Most of the Arrack made in Indonesia is exported to Holland where it is brokered to the culinary and blending industries.

The Chinese used distillation techniques for making essential oils before distillation was used to concentrate alcohol for consumption. Since the production of Batavia Arrack is primarily for export to Holland, the Dutch colonized most of Indonesia and finally gave up control after WWII, the Dutch influence on the distillation of this spirit can not be ignored. I would also be interested to learn the story from the Indonesian perspective.
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