I just traveled to Sri Lanka for vacation and had the pleasure of learning and tasting Ceylon Arrack which is an alcoholic spirit made from the fermented sap of the coconut flower of palm trees. I read it is the best expression of Arrack in the entire world from this Asian Island. The Sri Lankans love to drink it mixed with elephant house ginger beer especially but also Red Bull. It tastes similar to tequila more than anything else; VERY strong and almost harsh, keeping a lot of the original characteristics. You don't get the impression of a lot of distillation. Anyone else experience it/have opinions on it? Just curious because it doesn't appear to be mentioned anywhere here on guildsomm yet so I thought I'd throw it in to the conversation! If you ever travel there (and I highly recommend it) I do hope you'll try it!
In Sri Lanka right now and have had the chance to try several with my girlfriends family who are from the Colombo area -fantastic! Will definitely be packing some bottles home.
Awesome! That's where I tried mine as well. In the plaza connected to the "Ministry of Crab" restaurant. Cheers!
Dutch Hospital? Tried to get into Ministry last night while staying at Galle Face Hotel, but fully booked. Will try again this weekend. Did you get into Ministry? If so, worth it? Thanks!
Yes. Pretty easy as long as you email them at least 24-48 hrs in advance. I emailed them before I flew abroad. It is worth it, although you will have to do a little work with shell crackers. I would go earlier in the night as they do run out of a lot of different crab sizes if possible.
Also if you’re in Sigiriya at all, check out the Jetwing restaurant. Can’t miss that place. Feels like you’re in a Kill Bill Tarantino scene. Ambiance is insane. See pic below
Hope this helps. Cheers, and Happy New Year!