Metaxa

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Metaxa
TypeDistilled Drink
Country of originGreece
Introduced1888
VariantsMetaxa 5 stars, Metaxa 7 stars, Metaxa 12 stars, Metaxa Grande Fine, Metaxa Angels Treasure, Metaxa Private Reserve, Metaxa AEN
WebsiteThe official Metaxa website

Metaxa (Greek: Μεταξά) is a brand of Greek amber spirit created by Spyros Metaxa in 1888. Its taste comes from Muscat wines from the island of Samos, aged wine distillates, and Mediterranean botanicals; the wine distillates and Muscat wines are aged separately, and then blended in Limousin oak casks.

Varieties include METAXA 5 Stars, METAXA 7 Stars, METAXA 12 Stars, METAXA Grande Fine, METAXA Private Reserve, METAXA Angels’ Treasure and METAXA AEN.

METAXA has been part of the Rémy Cointreau Group since 2000, it is sold in more than 50 countries.

History and Creation[edit]

Born in 1848 in Greece, Spyros Metaxa was a descendant of a family of silk merchants. Aided by his brothers, Elias and Alexander, Spyros Metaxa built his first distillery in 1888 in Piraeus, the port of Athens.

In 1968, the distillery and the METAXA cellars were relocated to Athens’ northern suburb of Kifissia.

Although it was first compared to a Cognac, and later to a Brandy, METAXA is not classified in either of these spirit categories, as its blend contains Muscat wines and Mediterranean botanicals. METAXA is thus a liquor.

The House’s current Metaxa Master, Constantinos Raptis, is the fifth in line since 1888.


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