Batavia Arrack White Indonesian Rum

  • By The Dutch
  • Schiedam, The Netherlands

Method & Production

Batavia was the name of the capital city of the Dutch East Indies, and corresponds to the
present day city of Jakarta. The establishment of Batavia (Java Island) at the site of the
razed city of Jayakarta by the Dutch in 1619 led to the Dutch colony that became modern
Indonesia following World War II. Batavia became the center of the Dutch East India Company's trading network in Asia. The trade in Batavia arrack was entirely in hands of
the Dutch VOC. Virtually all arrack exported to Europe arrived in Amsterdam or  Rotterdam in wooden barrels or buts (563 liters). This would than be matured and blended to create an end product of consistent quality and flavor.


“By the Dutch” Batavia Arrack is a distillate based on sugar-cane molasses, produced
exclusively on the island of Java, Indonesia, dated back to the 17th century. It’s comprised of a very specific range of Pot still distillates originating from the East Indies, produced on the Island of Java, Indonesia. It’s the “rum of Indonesia”. The fermentation process includes the addition of local “wild yeast” (grown on top of red rice); it is this, which sets it apart from Rum, although the base material is still sugar cane.

Tasting notes

On the nose there is this maritime grassiness, like salt air through sugarcane fields, followed by spices such as cloves and a touch of vanilla. On the palate there is allspice, ripe exotic fruit and a touch of soft caramel on the warm and lengthy finish. 


"Fruity and earthy aromas are strong and enticing, with notes of muscat grapes, tropical fruits, rock candy, and key limes. Pillowy in texture, flavors are equally fruity and robust with berries, kiwi, and torched autumn leaves. An endlessly fascinating and well made spirit." 96 points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation (2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge)