Drink Review: Metaxa – Ouzo

September 27, 2020
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Metaxa Master Costas Raptis brings together the secrets of traditional ouzo-making and working with fine distillates, flowers, seeds and botanicals.

Ouzo by Metaxa includes rare botanicals, including some absent from ordinary ouzo such as Masticha, an ingredient highly praised for its aromatic qualities and quite rare.

Masticha is the tear of an oak bush, harvested by hand in the Aegean island of Chios. One of the costliest ingredients that can go into ouzo.

Metaxa Ouzo:

The nose is floral and grassy, and the palate is wonderfully vegetal, offering herbs, ascorbic acid and a hint of sweetness. Beautiful.

The finish is slightly astringent, and leaves the palate with a clean aftertaste. A drink every Greek has to try.

Ouzo drinks are traditionally served with the addition of ice, as it is a summer drink in Greece and a chillier drink helps to aerate the nose and the palate.

Metaxa Ouzo Review 1:

Metaxa Master’s alcohol content is 42% ABV, which is quite a high strength, but is listed as “sessionable” in the cocktail guide. This means that you can safely drink a single drink and still have an evening with friends. A masterful description.

Metaxa is one of the most well-recognized brand ambassadors in the Greek Wine and Spirit industry and a very comfortable style of ouzo.

Metaxa was founded in 1888 by Spyros Metaxas, who began producing ouzo in the region of Magnesia.

Metaxa Master is the perfect drink for sustainable consumption, with its packaging and bottle designed to maximize its design and contents. This is the essence of this drink!

Processes introduced to create the master ouzo also act as catalysts for the various flavors and aromas from the natural ingredients to mingle.

The natural herbs of Metaxa Ouzo “Master” are scented at the same time as the first distillate is being distilled.

This process and its invention allows the aromatic essences to be extracted from their plants. The scented herbs give the Ouzo master a unique and distinct ouzo flavor.


Each ouzo master is individually conceived and numbered. This exclusive, premium product is the result of passion, dedication and expertise.

Master ouzo is made using grain alcohol, which means that you can consume it.

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Metaxa Ouzo Master is a blend of a drink, flower, grain, and fruit that has been aged in the ideal location on the island of Chios.

Metaxa Master is a premium brand of ouzo that is made using traditional methods associated with the form and mixing of a number of distillates, herbs and natural ingredients.

Ouzo leaves the island of Chios in a wooden boat where it enjoys a minimum maturation period of 20 months.

This is a very lengthy process, but worth the wait. The aging and transportation process provides a concentration of the flavors and aromas of the ouzo.

The ouzo is then made from hand-harvested herbs, natural oils and floral extracts etc. It is then shipped in a wooden boat to the brandy factories of Crete.

Master Ouzo has been made using the highest quality ingredients and Metaxa continues this legacy by using a combination of traditional and modern methods.

The result is that this ouzo is rich, floral, smooth and robust. It is a great spirit to serve to people new to ouzo, ouzo experts and everyone in between.

It is a faithful drink to serve to those experiencing ouzo for the first time. Aged in wooden barrels for 20 months, it has a weighty, rich and robust character with a refined smoothness.

Metaxa Ouzo Review 2:

A modern ouzo, offering a unique bouquet with added flavor notes from the native flora of the island of Chios.

It is rich, sophisticated and a favorite drink on the island of Chios.

Ouzo has a complexity, strength and a taste that not many spirits can match. This is a sipping spirit that is robust and deep, with a subtle sweet floral taste and a bouquet that captivates.

The delicate combination of grain, herbs, fruits and flowers delivers a bite that will leave one’s taste buds reaching for another sip.

This ouzo takes its rightful place as one of the most popular spirits at any party, at any time of the year.

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