Monday, 2 February 2009

Raki, Tsikoudia, Tsipouro - A Greek Account

An interesting account of the Greek version of Rakia and other spirits that come from Bulgaria's neighbour. Some details of traditions that go on in Greece are also interesting reading. I suggest you visit the site Kalimera in the Greek Kafenio, it has lot more details about this location - A nice bright site. In the meantime get a taste right here for starters.

Raki, Tsikoudia, Tsipouro

Raki, like the Cretan Tsikoudia also called, is how the Greek Tsipouro a pomace brandy, twice burned.

Tsikoudia (Greek τσικουδιά), also known as raki (Greek ρακή / ρακί), the Cretan version of the rest of Greece as Tsipouro marcs known brands and is regarded as something more than this. Raki is made from the remains of the mash in the production of wine distilled, is clear and contains 30 to 40 percent by volume of alcohol.

Tsipouro (Greek Τσίπουρο) comes from the region of Macedonia. Tsipouro is residue from the pressing of various white grape varieties such as Roditis, Athiri Assyrtiko and distilled twice. After the first distillation, it is sometimes like the Turkish raki flavored with aniseed.

A drink that is similar to raki or Tsipouro distilled, but instead of anise with mastic, a tree resin, flavored, is sold as Masticha. If the wine, brandy burn out the figs.

Raki is in the autumn after the vintage and wineries in copper kettles from pomace - the residue of grapes Press - distilled. To create a "burning" of the mash to avoid the Kesselboden often with olive branches designed timber. The commercial writers will work this season in almost around the clock, around the large amounts of pulp attached to process.

Unlike the Turkish Rakı and make variants of the Tsipouro contains the Cretan raki no anise and also differs in terms of raw materials from this.

Raki is drunk neat, it is inevitable in Crete drink to every greeting and farewell each after the meal is offered. It is often burned black and more or less "under the counter" in zweckentfremdeten water bottles or cans sold without a label. Quality and taste can be quite varied, a "good" Raki to be able to offer or offered to get is an honor. Taste is good Tsikoudia most closely with the Italian grappa comparable. Due to licensing restrictions on the government side, there are relatively few family farms in Crete, the legal raki may burn.
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