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Like brandy, but not technically brandy, Metaxa is made from distilled muscat grapes from Samos, blended with aged wine distillates and Mediterranean herbs. It comes in a variety of ages (the older the smoother) from 5, 7 to 12 stars to various reserves to the ultimate and very pricey Metaxa AEN Cask number 2 Despina.

The recipe was invented in 1888 by Spyros Metaxa, who set up a distillery and cellars in Piraeus (today it's made in Kifissia, outside Athens); and owned by the French multinational Rémy Cointreau.



Text © Dana Facaros

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