Basi is brewed and aged in the traditional way in glazed earthen jars burnay from upland sugar cane glutinous rice and botanical ingredients pithecolobium dulce macaranga tenarius and syzygium cumini. This drink was so well loved that the basi revolt resulted as the spanish banned the private manufacture of this drink.
The final product is harvested directly from the jar one to three years after aging.
Basi wine ilocos. Basi philippine sugarcane wine had been enjoyed in the country even before the spanish regime. The popularity of this sugar cane wine was certainly not overlooked by the spanish authorities who soon place. Nagguilian basi is another basi brand in the northern part of the philippines.
As for the dragon fire dragon fruit wine limpe aw and ilocos norte governor imee marcos met during the international food exhibition 2015 ifex where both destileria limtuaco and the province of ilocos norte were exhibitors governor marcos saw the vigan philippine sugarcane wine basi that was specially produced for the province of ilocos sur and so she met with limpe aw to ask if. Basi is not just another wine. Cormel foods an ilocano company owned by anthony abadilla has brought ilocano liquor to the forefront through trade and tourism exhibits.
Instead ilocanos were compelled to buy their wine from government stores. Bacsil decided to shift to sugarcane as his main crop. If there s a singular drink that the ilocanos cannot do without in their long history as a people it is basi a sugarcane based wine infused with a tree bark called samak.
The uprising that had spread in the northern towns of ilocos province was caused by the spanish colonial government s abuses in the implementation of wine monopoly and the prohibition of the manufacturing of basi a native sugarcane wine for personal consumption. We commemorate the ilokano s love for basi with vigan basi a premium cane wine made with sugarcane juice pressed from. The light fermented sugarcane winemaker s most prominent product is the ambaristo named after the basi revolt hero pedro ambaristo.
Tapuey can be found in the fascinating mountainous town of adams. Laoag city since the day basi that legendary native wine of the ilocanos became the one town one product otop of this city virgilio gaudia 56 of brgy. Besides the traditional basi a liquor made of fermented sugarcane duhat and bugnay wines are now being sold commercially.
In the history of ilocos the basi s reputation as a world class product was firmly established. Started making basi in the year 1906 99 years after the basi revolt.