A Sunday trip to the Tuak- and Arak-Producer region

That's an Arak Distillery

That’s an Arak Distillery

I don’t know if I told you that my parents like fresh Tuak (Palm wine) which is produced in one of the Regencies of Bali, Karangasem. In the same region, Arak is produced, too. In the wikipedia article it’s not mentioned but the Arak in Bali is being made from Tuak which is made from the coconut palm. Being in the region, we of course couldn’t resist to visiting an Arak distillery.

I'm walking through the jungle

I’m walking through the jungle

After visiting the distillery, we decided to have a walk in the jungle because we had heard that a lot of the Tuak is produced directly outside of the village.

Look at this man! He sits comfortably on the palm trunk

Look at this man! He sits comfortably on the palm trunk

After a few meters, we met a very friendly smiling guy who greeted us sitting comfortably on the trunk of a palm tree (I have absolutely no idea how he could do this without any belts or leashes… 😯 ). When we told him that we were interested in seeing the production process of Tuak, he pointed to a black bucket under a chicken cage and told us that this one was still fermenting, so we could not taste it but if we wanted, he would get us fresh one.

Can you spot him in the top of the palm

Can you spot him in the top of the palm

Of course we couldn’t resist and within 5 seconds, the man had climbed the majestic palm tree in front of his hut. Can you spot him? If you hover your mouse over the picture, it’s easier. 😉

Our friend Pande is curious about the Tuak, too

Our friend Pande is curious about the Tuak, too

After a few minutes, he came back down with a white container half filled with a milky white liquid. As it contains alcohol (even in only small quantities at this stage), I was not allowed to taste it but Pande and my parents told me that it was very sweet.

Pande's friend's uncle owns a distillery, too

Pande’s friend’s uncle owns a distillery, too

When we got back to the village, we were greeted by another friendly guy and had the surprise of our life when that guy asked us if we had stayed in his hotel 4 years ago (!!!) when Pande was still working there too. Mom and Dad then noticed that the guy indeed had looked familiar to them and Pande was happy to meet his work colleague. We then came to know that Pande’s friend’s uncle was the owner of another Arak distillery and he invited us to his home.

That's how Arak is made

That’s how Arak is made

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