Most Sri Lankan’s are aware that Aybrook & Mason’s OLD RESERVE Arrack represents the epitome of the traditional Ceylon Arrack blender’s art – the finest pure coconut Arrack matured for many years in casks of Hamilla and Teak but few know its origin. The story of Alfred Aybrook and Thomas Mason’s collaboration reads like a 19th century adventure novel.
The English son of doctor who dabbled in pharmacy and the planter from Alabama greatly improved the distillation and quality of local Arrack – the result speaks for itself.
Today the original formula is faithfully followed and the resulting subtle aroma and flavors are appreciated as much now as then by connoisseurs of fine spirits the world over.
That two nineteenth-century ‘adventurers’ would be responsible for distilling the Spirit of Old Ceylon, the finest pure coconut Arrack was a surprise – but a pleasant one for the colonized and colonials alike. Sri Lanka is now thankfully independent, and Old Reserve is still today regarded as the ‘King of Arracks’.
Arrack, a distillation of the sap of the coconut flower, known as the Spirit of Ceylon, first distilled in Sri Lanka and then shipped 1500 leagues to the Cape of Good Hope to be distilled yet again. This time infused with with lime and stored in oak, reprising, perhaps more elegantly the flavour and aromas known to those hardy souls who plied the Indian Ocean in the East Indiamen of many nations. A Spirit not tasted since the demise of the Golden Age of Sail.
Arrack, a distillation of the the sap of the coconut flower, known as the Spirit of Ceylon, first distilled in Sri Lanka and then shipped 1500 leagues to the Cape of Good Hope to be distilled yet again to the exacting standards of the Jerry Thomas Project in Rome. The result a unique Spirit of crystal clarity and outstanding purity at Seafarer Strength. Unequalled as a base for cocktails. Or you could drink a straight shot or two ....but beware!
The Jerry Thomas Speakeasy in Rome was founded by a small group of highly talented bartenders in 2010. The first Italian “secret” bar recreating the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. Now recognized as one of the 50 best bars in the world and certainly the bar of reference in Italy.
Jerry Thomas and Old Reserve? Their insatiable curiosity to search out long-forgotten recipes and spirits eventually led them to Sri Lanka and the discovery of Old Reserve. Driven by their passion for excellence they worked closely with the blenders to reprise the taste and strengths of a bygone age. “Revival 42” & “Rare 47″were born.