Vermaaklikheid doesn’t have much in the way of shops, or anything other than the river, but the shop I went to for milk was happy to open up when I arrived. And we started chatting — with the shopkeeper and her husband, Andries. Had I ever tasted distilled honey, he asked? He’s been working on an innovative way to distill honey for years and, he believes, he has a unique product. It’s not quite legal to sell yet, but Provincial legislation is being prepared.
It’s not quite mampoer and the alcohol content ranges from 16 to 43% alcohol. The 16% smells and tastes like a very smooth sherry — it is very more-ish. The variation of the drinks between the honey gathered from summer fynbos (almond aromas and taste) and winter fynbos is remarkable.
So maybe you’ll see a Vermaaklikheid home-grown product soon.