Lambanog among world’s best spirits

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — Filipino coconut wine Lambanog was ranked 10th among the world’s 50 best spirits, according to the latest list by travel and lifestyle website TasteAtlas.

Lambanog, which is traditionally produced in Quezon Province, is made from fermented sap of the coconut palm.

“It is a clear, colorless spirit that is quite strong, with the usual alcohol content at around 40% ABV (alcohol by volume),” said TasteAtlas. “Apart from the classic version, modern varieties are often tinted, sweetened, and flavored.”

“In the past, it was frequently produced by farmers, similar to a local version of moonshine, but recently it has mostly shifted to factory production, and its quality has significantly improved.”

Meanwhile, Mexico’s Reposado tequila was named as the world’s best spirit in the latest ranking.

According to the lifestyle website, Reposado “has been aged for a minimum of two, and a maximum of twelve months, usually in French or American oak. This tequila is characterized by a pale golden color and mellow agave flavor.”

TasteAtlas earlier recognized Bibingka as among the world's best cakes. Filipino afternoon snacks Turon and Maruya were also recognized as among the 50 best deep-fried desserts globally.