The House of Metaxa was founded by a Greek merchant and entrepreneur named Spyros Metaxas, born on 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. This drink is often mistaken for a brandy, though it is actually a bit more complex than that. Starting off as a brandy, Metaxa is produced from locally produced Savatiano, Sultanina and Black Corinth grapes, then distilled twice to be sweetened later on with aged muscat wines from Leros and Samos and then blended with a secret botanical mix. At this stage, it is aged in hand-made oak barrels. Marketed as ‘the smoothest amber spirit under the sun’, Metaxa is very flavorful, with a touch of sweetness and citrus notes.
Clear, golden amber in colour. The bouquet shows rose blossom, orange water, violet blossom and honey with apricot, stewed plums, black pepper and toasty oak. The palate shows a light honey sweetness, orange marmalade and violets with ripe plums, red grapefruit and light peppery spice. Peachy fruit emerges with lingering honeyed sweetness, almond and light peppery spice on the finish.