Metaxa 12 Star Brandy
Brandy /40% ABV / Greece
- Tasting Notes
- Chocolate, Citrus, Coffee, Oak, Spicy, Toasty
- Food Pairing
- Beef, Cheese - Creamy & Bloomy, Cheese - Nutty & Semi-Firm, Cured Meats, Dessert - Chocolate & Coffee, Dessert - Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit - Dried, Fruit - Sweet, Lamb, Nuts, Pork
" Created by Constantinos Raptis in 2011, Metaxa 12 Stars is the refined expression of a journey through the senses. This one-of-a-kind amber spirit unfolds a very complex character with subtle aromatic notes of toasted oak wood, orange peel and spices. It results from the unique craftsmanship of ageing and blending wine distillates and Muscat wines, exclusively from the island of Samos. The Metaxa Master says: ‘Normally we use lightly-toasted barrels of Limousin oak. But here I use heavy-toasted barrels. I also select Muscat wine from higher altitudes, for even more concentrated flavours.’ He recommends to discover it neat or on ice, but bartenders of refined places and mixologists explore it in signature cocktails."View all products by MetaxaCalifornia Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING
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Brandy is predominantly sweet and fruity, generally between 40-50% ABV and often aged for several years before its final blending and bottling.
Some more regulated types of brandy, including Cognac and Armagnac, are required to age for a minimum amount of time in oak barrels, though most distillers opt to age their brandies for significantly longer, which improves the quality and undoubtedly raises the price per bottle. On the whole, brandies are aged between three to five years, though some premium varieties surpass 10 years or more.
Besides apples and grapes, other popular fruits employed in brandy making include plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and pears; it’s a truly varied liquor depending on the geography and the culture where it’s crafted.
Aging brandy in charred oak barrels helps further develop its complex flavors, as well as the final blending process by which water and other brandies are balanced and combined.
Keeping the brandy a bit warmer or adding a little water can further develop the aromas and overall flavor.
Brandy is a popular ingredient in fruit-based cocktails as well, like colorful sangrias and zesty sidecars; because of its sweetness, brandy tends to appear in dessert recipes, often soaked with coffee in delicacies like tiramisu.