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Welcoming The Toddy Tapper

The toddy tapper called this morning.
I have been enjoying the fruits of his labour since breakfast.

Picture taken from the guest-house verandah in Koottickal, Kerala

10 responses

  1. You have no doubt had a very spirited day! Looks refreshing in that filtered light.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    • It was actually very mild – I think the amount of alcohol in fresh toddy must be absolutely minimal!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  2. Have you tried it the next day?

    January 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    It certainly seems to start fermenting within two hours of collection according to wiki. Does it have a taste all of its own, or does it mimic something else?

    January 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    • Fresh toddy tastes quite sweet. It is quite unlike anything I’ve experienced before, but a taste that grows on you. The smell is another matter: positively pungent!

      January 16, 2012 at 7:08 am

  4. Ah yes, lovely toddy! It is a taste quilt unique – and the taste is so different when drunk elsewhere in the world! As you say, it must be the fresh toddy that makes all the difference.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

    • After the first glass, I found it really very “more-ish”: light and refreshing. Even the smell seemed less pungent. But I don’t think I would enjoy the more mature and much stronger brews.

      January 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

  5. Sorry – i should check my spelling – meant to say “it is a taste quite unique!”

    January 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    • I shall put it down to your having imbibed just a little too much deceptively strong toddy!

      January 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

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