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Ouzo 12 Traditional Greek Liqueur

Ouzo 12 Traditional Greek Liqueur

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Ouzo 12: A Journey Through History in Every Sip

Ouzo 12, a name synonymous with tradition, beckons you to experience a taste of Greece. Distilled with meticulous attention to detail, this aniseed-flavoured liqueur boasts a rich heritage dating back to 1880. Every bottle embodies the spirit of Greece, offering a sensory journey through the country's vibrant culture.

A Legacy in Every Drop

The story of Ouzo 12 is steeped in history. Legend has it that the Kaloyannis brothers, pioneers in ouzo production, experimented with various recipes. The exceptional blend housed in Barrel Number 12 stood out for its exquisite flavour and aroma, earning its place as Ouzo 12. This legacy of dedication and refinement is evident in the quality that graces your glass today.

Aromatic Tapestry

Ouzo 12's charm lies in its captivating aroma. Aniseed, the star of the show, presents itself with a gentle warmth, redolent of liquorice and fennel. Intertwined with this is a subtle hint of citrus, like sun-drenched lemon peel, adding a touch of brightness. A whisper of peppery spice emerges in the background, hinting at the complexity that awaits.

On the Palate: A Symphony of Flavours

The first sip of Ouzo 12 is an awakening for the taste buds. The aniseed takes centre stage, coating the palate with a smooth sweetness. This is quickly complemented by a wave of refreshing coolness, reminiscent of spearmint. Underlying herbal notes, like coriander and fennel, add depth and intrigue. A touch of liquorice root surfaces, adding a pleasant earthiness that lingers on the finish.

The Art of the Ouzo 12 Experience

Traditionally enjoyed as an apéritif, Ouzo 12 is the perfect way to whet your appetite before a delightful Greek meal.  The unique interplay of sweet aniseed and cool freshness makes it a fantastic digestif as well.

Unlocking the Potential of Ouzo 12

While Ouzo 12 shines on its own, there are ways to further elevate the experience. Here are some traditional serving suggestions:

  • Neat: The purest way to appreciate Ouzo 12's complexity is to savour it neat, at room temperature. This allows the full spectrum of aromas and flavours to unfold.
  • On the Rocks: For a touch of refreshment, serve Ouzo 12 chilled over ice. As the ice melts, it releases a gentle dilution, bringing out the cooler, minty notes of the liqueur.
  • With Water: The traditional Greek approach involves adding a splash of water to Ouzo 12. This creates a fascinating phenomenon known as the "ouzo effect." The water causes the liqueur to turn a cloudy white, releasing a burst of the aniseed aroma. Experiment with the water-to-ouzo ratio to find your ideal balance of flavour and intensity.

The Perfect Pairing

Ouzo 12 complements a variety of Greek delicacies. Here are some ideal pairings to tantalise your taste buds:

  • Meze: An assortment of small plates is a quintessential part of the Greek dining experience. Ouzo 12 pairs beautifully with salty cheeses like feta, olives, cured meats, and dolmades (stuffed vine leaves).
  • Seafood: The refreshing aniseed notes of Ouzo 12 cut through the richness of grilled fish and seafood. Try it with grilled octopus, prawns, or a classic moussaka.
  • Fresh Herbs: Ouzo 12's herbal character finds harmony with dishes featuring fresh herbs like oregano, mint, and dill.

A Celebration of Greek Culture

Ouzo 12 is more than just a liqueur; it's a gateway to Greek culture. With every sip, you embark on a journey through history and tradition. So raise a glass, savour the intricate flavours, and allow yourself to be transported to the sun-drenched shores of Greece.

The General Wine Co.: Your Gateway to Authentic Greek Delights

At The General Wine Co., we are passionate about bringing you the finest beverages from around the world. Ouzo 12 stands as a testament to Greek craftsmanship and heritage. We invite you to explore the unique world of Ouzo 12 and discover a taste of Greece. Browse our selection today and embark on your own odyssey of flavour.



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