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#271 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:04 PM

Re: oleosaccharum - might it work with pomegranate seeds as opposed to citrus peel?

No idea. We should ask Erik how his pomegranate shrub experiment went.
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#272 Chris Amirault

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:45 PM

Is there oleo in those pomegranate seeds? You want that aromatic oil....


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#273 Hassouni

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:46 PM

Hm, good point...



#274 BillBuitenhuys

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:35 PM

Forgive me if this in the wrong thread...

Most punch recipes that call for arrack specify sugarcane/rice-based Batavia Arrack (Indonesia). Where does coconut-based arrack (Sri Lanka) fit into punch history? Given that so much trade was done between India and Britain it seems likely that coconut arrack could have been used in early punch vs batavia.

If punch did come from the Hindi "paanch" (five)...and I understand that connection is debatable...then coconut arrack would be the arrack of choice.

I guess I need to read Wondrich but certainly interested in the collective thoughts here.

Has anyone here tried making a Sri Lankan arrack based punch? I'll probably mail order some (White Lion) as none is brought into AZ as I'm pretty curious about this.

Edited by BillBuitenhuys, 25 August 2014 - 06:59 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 12:15 PM

Forgive me if this in the wrong thread...

Most punch recipes that call for arrack specify sugarcane/rice-based Batavia Arrack (Indonesia). Where does coconut-based arrack (Sri Lanka) fit into punch history? Given that so much trade was done between India and Britain it seems likely that coconut arrack could have been used in early punch vs batavia.

If punch did come from the Hindi "paanch" (five)...and I understand that connection is debatable...then coconut arrack would be the arrack of choice.

I guess I need to read Wondrich but certainly interested in the collective thoughts here.

Has anyone here tried making a Sri Lankan arrack based punch? I'll probably mail order some (White Lion) as none is brought into AZ as I'm pretty curious about this.

 

Prefessor Wondrich is no doubt likely to be your best source. I recall there was a Bombay President's Punch (or something like that) in his book "Punch" that was pretty basic. Nothing else comes to mind. I have the Ceylon brand of palm or "coconut" arrack but it is relatively low proof (80 pf I think) without a really strong distinguishing character to the spirit as I recall, unlike the much more interesting but very different sugar cane/red rice based Batavia Arrack. Looks like the White Lion arrack is even lower in proof?


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#276 BillBuitenhuys

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:35 PM

 Looks like the White Lion arrack is even lower in proof?

Yes, 36.8%. I've had Batavia Arrack from Haus Alpenz. Definitely good stuff. Just ordered some White Lion so I'll report back in a week or so.


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#277 EvergreenDan

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 06:22 PM

This might be of interest: On the 'Rack


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#278 BillBuitenhuys

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:00 AM

Excellent article! Thanks.

 

I also went back and read The Professor's book and his section on arrack. He also notes both batavia arrack and coconut arrack and says he used batavia arrack in his recipes as the coconut version wasn't available in the US at that time. Pretty cool that in 1862 he was aware of a spirit that wasn't available to him (and he didn't have the benefit of the interwebz).


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