Tuak is a traditional alcoholic beverage for the Ibans of Sarawak. It is basically a rice wine made of rice, yeast and sugar.
It is quite hard to get a tuak as one will need to travel to the Iban's longhouses to get a taste of Tuak. It's been a while since I last tasted tuak. I think I was around 16 when I visited a longhouses and been served with tuak. Tuak taste like XO or Martell back then and my throat was virtually burned down to my stomach.
However, I stumbled upon this Copial Tuak from a souvenir shop at Kuching International Airport. It costs RM 10 and I think I was overcharged for it.
It's alcohol content is 12%, just like any other wine in the market. Tuak is best served chilled. I was indeed surprised when I first consume Copial Tuak. It was very tasty and sweet. There is no burn feeling at my throat. In fact, Copial Tuak is pleasant to consume. It is not that challenging like what I had during my longhouse visit.
I have to say I am rather disappointed with Copial Tuak. Maybe I should made another visit to the Iban's longhouse to get another taste of the original tuak!