METAXA 12 STARS’s mature and elegant character is best explored neat, on a single rock or in classic cocktails. Bartenders and mixologists enjoy to offer it in signature cocktails.
The story of METAXA
Born in 1848 in Greece, Spyros Metaxa is a descendant of a family of silk merchants. An adventurer and man of taste, he decides to establish his own business in fine goods. Always travelling, Spyros Metaxa discovers different spirits and wines from around the world. Spirits of his time tend to be harsh on the palate, without much aroma or character. Spyros Metaxa dreams about crafting a unique spirit that is smooth yet intense. It would be a spirit that was a real journey through the senses. In 1888 he creates METAXA, the Original Greek Spirit. Spyros Metaxa builts his first distillery in 1888 in Piraeus, the port of Athens. His unique one-of-a-kind amber spirit is soon being exported around the Mediterranean. The story says that when Spyros Metaxa was building his distillery in Piraeus, he found an ancient medallion depicting the “Salamina Warrior”. The Battle of Salamina took place in 480 BC in the waters near Piraeus.
…and today…Although it was first compared to a Cognac, and later to a Brandy, METAXA is impossible to classify.
Today it is recognized for what it is, a unique amber spirit.
DARK CHOCOLATE – CARDAMOM & FIG: This chocolate has a unique profile that balances fruit sweetness & spices. This intriguing tasting experience begins with the uplifting aroma of ground cardamom. Then, vivid aromatic fig notes provide a little kick, perfectly complementing the chocolate’s taste. The recipe is developed specifically to enhance the spicy notes found in METAXA 12 Stars, while the sweetness of the figs balances the taste and offers a more fruity aftertaste.
PAIRING WITH DARK CHOCOLATE – ORANGE & BALSAMIC: This chocolate is intense and full bodied, well balanced between the flavoursome orange extract and the acidity of balsamic vinegar. It has a mature profile that makes it ideal for an after dinner pairing with METAXA 12 Stars, enjoyed neat. Orange peels aromas, chocolate bitterness and spices develop in the aftertaste of this fulfilling pairing.