Product Type: Ouzo Vodka
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Are you Ouzo-ing of Aniseed?
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I imagine this is one of those drinks you either love or hate. For all you liquorice lovers, this is a great little snifter, however for anyone who can't stand liquorice my advice would keep well away.
Ouzo-ing With Flavour
Aniseed, liquorice, anise star, fennel flavoured, which are all the same to me, this is no drink for shrinking violets as it full to bursting with an intense aniseed flavour and indeed an intense aniseedy aroma. Ouzo is made out of a mixture of herbs including fennel, anise star, anise seed, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. These are strong flavours on their own, so you can image what a strong flavour is produced when they are all brewed together.
Were Does it Come From?
Ouzo is very much a Greek national drink. I hadn't heard of it until I went to Crete a few years back, where it is often served as an aperitif in restaurants. I rather liked it so came home with a bottle for my drinks store. However I have never seen it on sale in the UK, although I just check and you can buy Ouzo 12 on Amazon - good old Amazon!
Ouzo dates back to the mid 17th century when Catholic monks taught the art of distillation to Crusaders passing through Greece. Ouzo 12 dates back to 1880 where the Kalogianni brothers produced small quantities of ouzo in their traditional snack shop in Constantinople. In 1950 Ouzo 12 was bottled for the first time in Greece in a town called Piraeus and it was barrel 12 which was bottled first, hence the name Ouzo 12.
Ouzo comes in a range of brands however Ouzo 12 does seem to be a particularly popular brand and we could see it in shops, cares and bars all over Crete. We purchased a 0.2 litre bottle at the custom free at the airport on the way home. 0.2 litre is fairly small and it got used up itching a couple of months of us returning to the UK - I wish we had gone for a bigger bottle!
Price and Range
Ouzo 12' which is marketed as "the world's number one premium ouzo comes in bottle sizes of miniature - 0.05lt, the 0.2lt, 0.35lt, 0.7lt, 1lt, 2lt and 3lt. It is also available in a collectible box set.
I remember Ouzo being rather cheap but on Amazon a 0.7lt bottle is £16.44, which is quite expensive. I guess that's UK tax for you!
I like a shot neat, it warms the cockles and gives a short sharp burst of flavour to savour. It can also be served on ice, made into cocktails and is traditionally drank mixed with water. Ouzo is a very smooth liqueur. In a way it has similarities in flavour to Pernod, if I remember correctly as I haven't he Pernod since I was about 20, therefore it may take quite good in blackcurrent juice. However the ouzo got used up before I had the chance to try this theory out! The alcohol volume content is high at 40%.
All in All
If I could buy a bottle from the supermarket I would as it's a nice drink to have a shot of during an evening with friends. No doubt about it, it's potent stuff and if you like aniseed it is well worth a try.
Summary: A different kind of burst of flavour
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