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Metaxa was created by Spyros Metaxa in 1888. This unique, amber-coloured spirit is a mix of Muscat wine, aged wine distillates, and Mediterranean botanicals. The wine distillates and Muscat wines are first aged separately before being blended in Limousin oak casks.
While it has been compared to both cognacs and brandies, Metaxa is in a league of its own.
Spyros Metaxa came from a family of silk merchants. His adventurous spirit and travels around the world allowed him to discover the many different spirits and wines offered in the countries he visited. In 1888, he created Metaxa in hopes of creating a spirit that would be smooth and intense at the same time, without the harshness that many spirits of his time tended to have.
Originally located in Piraeus, the distillery moved to the outskirts of Athens when its popularity both in Greece and abroad made it necessary for the company to have more space in which to create its product.
A part of the Rémy Cointreau group since the year 2000, Metaxa can now be found in more than 50 countries around the world.
Metaxa sources its Muscat grapes from the island of Samos, an island which has been producing grapes for wine since the time of the Ancient Greeks.
Metaxa is available in the following formats: Metaxa 5 Stars, Metaxa 7 Stars, Metaxa 12 Stars, Metaxa Grande Fine, Metaxa Private Reserve, Metaxa Angels’ Treasure, and Metaxa Aen.
The stars are a direct sign of how many years the product has been aged, meaning that the Metaxa 5 Stars has been aged for five years, Metaxa 7 Stars for seven years, and Metaxa 12 Stars for 12 years.
Metaxa Grande Fine, Metaxa Private Reserve, Metaxa Angels’ Treasure, and Metaxa Aen are all premium versions of the Greek spirit, each of which has its own character and its own special history.
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When you ask someone what their favourite Greek spirit is, the most obvious answer may be ouzo, but do not let that allow you to miss out on Metaxa. This beautiful blend can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in mixed drinks. It is a glorious amber-coloured spirit that gives off hints of dried fruit, flowers, and herbs along with the chocolate-honey taste gained from its ageing in wood. Metaxa is neither a brandy or a cognac. It refuses to be classified and need not be.