In the heart of the Aegean Sea, in a region known for the aromatic qualities of its grapes, is the Metaxa distillery. Their vineyards are nestled on terraces in view of the sea, and the grapes are all harvested by hand. They’ve been around since 1888, so it’s no wonder that they follow up this attention to detail by mixing and aging their spirits to perfection.

Metaxa 12 Stars is made from a mix of wine distillates and wine (think wine plus brandy—delicious) and is aged for 12 years. The result is an amber spirit that offers tasting notes of honeyed figs and prunes, dried oranges and licorice. With such complex flavors, it’s best to enjoy Metaxa 12 Stars neat or on the rocks to let the personality of the Greek spirit shine.

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