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Ouzo Tsantali

OYZO TSANTALI

The traditional Greek ouzo, as typical of Greece as the deep blue of its logo. It has the authentic taste of tradition thanks to its distillation process that carries on a long-standing tradition of the Tsantali family. 

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Tasting Note

Crystal clear color. The distilled anise dominates the nose and palate at first. The mouthfeel is robust, yet offers a very elegant, rather creamy coating sensation and a lovely warmth due to the alcohol levels. Although anise seems to head, the rest of the natural aromatics -linden blossom, coriander, cardamom- bring in more complexity and finesse, thus create the perfect balance and enhance the food-friendly character.

When water or ice is added, the crystal clear color gives its place to a rich, milky-white color without losing any of the aromas and flavors.

Alcohol by volume

(variation between export markets):

38% (76 PROOF)

or

40% (80 PROOF)

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The production of Ouzo Tsantali

  • Alcohol: we use pure ethyl alcohol made from raisins and other agricultural origin of 96% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). This is the basis of the distillation and it is tested when delivered to our facilities, as well as right before the distillation. 
  • Seeds and herbs: for our Ouzo Tsantali recipe we use a selection of seeds and herbs from the mountain tops to the seaside of the broader region of Makedonia in Northern Greece. Some of them are: the unique Macedonian anise (“marathos”),  star anise, anise, coriander, angelica root, cardamom, linden blossom. The collection from the plants is made at the best ripening time and left to dry, the seeds are carefully separated from the stems and stored at ideal conditions.
  • Distillation: Εthanol of agricultural origin, aromatic seeds and herbs are added into traditional copper alembics and remains for approximately 18 hours before the distillation.The heart (the middle fraction) of the distillate, that is the primary product and the most important element in the ouzo production, is stored in order to settle and obtain the perfect homogeneity. During the distillation process the flow, the alcoholic strength and the temperature of the distillate,  is under control.
  • Water: Before bottling, the “ouzo” distillate is slowly mixed with crystal-clear water.

 

Tsantali Ouzo still

 

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Date: July 11, 2012
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