"In the 19th century most spirits were harsh and burned the palate… Spyros Metaxas had a vision of creating a spirit that would be generous on the senses, intensely aromatic and, above all, smooth on the palate…”
The House of Metaxa was founded by a Greek merchant and entrepreneur: Spyros Metaxas, born in the island of Euboea. He created the first Greek brandy and was involved in the foundation of the first distillation facility in 1888, a little over 50 years after the Greek War of Independence. The business was soon expanded with new factories in Istanbul and Odessa. In 1900 the first exports to the United States took place and the drink became known as "the flying brandy".
Following Spyros Metaxas's death, his sons carried on his work. METAXA is the only Greek industry that survived both World Wars. In 1968 a new factory was built in Kifissia, Athens.
"Metaxa starts out like a brandy, with a variety of distillates made from dry white wines from different parts of Greece. After periods of ageing in oak casks, the distillates are blended and mixed with a small amount of rich muscat wine from the Greek Aegean Islands of Samos and Limnos. Finally, Mediterranean herb and floral extracts are added – a secret recipe apart from rose petals.”
Metaxa exceptional smoothness comes from its Muscat wine. The resulting distillates are kept in cellars, in limousine, French oak barrels. French barrels are considered more desirable than those made in North America since French Oak has smaller pores than its American counterpart. This slows the transfer of flavour between the barrel and the liquor contained within, resulting in a more subtle and refined end product.
|Tasting Notes||Appearance: Dark amber with old gold reflections|
1st Bouquet: Elegant, warm and fruity
2nd Bouquet: Intense muscat and ripe peach. Dried prune, carob and herbal honey
Palate: Balanced texture, warm, pleasantly spicy, with notes of fire honey and black raisin
Finish: Velvety, with a pleasant finish of black raisin
|Storage Instructions||Cool and dry conditions|
|Item model number||5202795130022|
|Country Produced in||Greece|