Thursday, February 10, 2011

basi


basi - (bá-si; Ilocano wine) [n.] sugarcane wine.

A  native Ilocano wine made from fermented sugarcane juice, particularly those produced in Central and Northern Luzon. This wine is processed in burnay (Ilocano earthen jar).


Basi wines sold along the roadside stalls in Binalonan, Pangasinan using recycled bottles and plastic containers (gallons)


The extracted juice of sugarcane is distilled and stored in the jar to ferment with a locally made yeast, such as bubod, to become wine. 


Locals would classify their basi into either basing lalaki or basing babae

The basing lalaki tastes dry, potently strong, and has high content of alcohol. While the basing babae tastes rather sweet and has lesser alcoholic content.





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