Ouzo has its roots in Tsipouro, which is said to have been the work of a group of 14th-century monks on Mount Athos. One version of it was flavoured with anise. This version eventually came to be called ouzo. Modern ouzo distillation largely took off in the beginning of the 19th century following Greek independence. The first ouzo distillery was founded in Tyrnavos in 1856 by Nikolaos Katsaros, giving birth to the famous ouzo Tyrnavou. When absinthe fell into disfavour in the early 20th century, ouzo was one of the products whose popularity rose to fill the gap; it was once called “a substitute for absinthe without the wormwood”. In 1932, ouzo producers developed a method of distillation using copper stills that is now the standard method of production.
Clear and silky, with the distinct aromas of spices like licorice, anise, fennel, nutmeg and coriander. Potent and fiery with anise flavours and a dry lingering finish.