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Metaxa (Greek: Μεταξά) is a Greek amber spirit created by Spyros Metaxa in 1888. Its taste comes from the marriage of Muscat wines from the island of Samos, aged wine distillates, and Mediterranean botanicals.
|Country of origin||Greece|
|Variants||Metaxa 5 stars, Metaxa 7 stars, Metaxa 12 stars, Metaxa Grande Fine, Metaxa Angels Treasure, Metaxa Private Reserve, Metaxa AEN|
|Website||The official Metaxa website|
The METAXA Collection consists of METAXA 5 Stars, METAXA 7 Stars, METAXA 12 Stars, METAXA Grande Fine, METAXA Private Reserve, METAXA Angels’ Treasure and METAXA AEN.
METAXA is recommended to be enjoyed neat or on a single ice cube. METAXA 5 Stars & METAXA 7 Stars can also be mixed in long drinks or cocktails, and METAXA 12 Stars can be offered in Signature cocktails. It is sold in more than 50 countries, with China being its most recent introduction.
METAXA has been part of the Rémy Cointreau Group since 2000.
Born in 1848 in Greece, Spyros Metaxa was a descendant of a family of silk merchants. His first foray into business was in the trade of fine goods. During his professional travels, he was exposed to a number of different spirits and wines from all around the world.
Spirits of his time tended to be harsh on the palate, without much aroma or character. Spyros Metaxa set out to create a unique spirit that was smooth yet intense. That’s how in 1888 he created METAXA, the Original Greek Spirit.
Aided by his brothers, Elias and Alexander, Spyros Metaxa built his first distillery in 1888 in Piraeus, the port of Athens. The inspiration for the “Salamina Warrior”, the METAXA emblem, was a medallion found in the foundations of the distillery. The Battle of Salamina took place in 480BC in the waters near Piraeus. The Greek navy was well outnumbered by the invading Persian forces, but heroically fought them off. The Salamina Warrior thus became a symbol for risk-taking and courage – and was chosen as the emblem for Spyros Metaxa’s new venture.
METAXA ended up becoming a commercial success and it soon started being exported to countries across the Mediterranean. In 1900, it was exported to the USA for the first time.
In 1968, the distillery and the METAXA cellars were relocated to new facilities in Athens’ northern suburb of Kifissia where they continue to be to this day.
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 in a category of its own.
The House of Metaxa doesn’t have a Master Distiller or a Master Blender, but a Metaxa Master. The House’s current Metaxa Master, Constantinos Raptis, is the fifth in line since 1888. For more than 25 years, he has been overseeing the entire creation process.
He first makes his selection of the Muscat wines from Samos, chosen for their aromatic concentration and intensity. He then chooses his aged wine distillates for their character and elegance.
The wine distillates and Muscat wines are aged separately, until Constantinos Raptis decides they are ready to be married in Limousin oak casks. A bouquet of Mediterranean botanicals brings the final touch.
Types of MetaxaEdit
METAXA 5 Stars: floral and versatile, best explored neat, on ice or in long drinks.
METAXA 7 Stars: fruity and generous, best explored neat, on ice or in cocktails.
METAXA 12 Stars: the flagship of the House. Its mature and distinctive character is best explored neat or on a single rock. Bartenders and mixologists offer it in signature cocktails.
METAXA Grande Fine: Presented in a porcelain bottle, METAXA Grande Fine is inspired by the scenery of Greece. It is best enjoyed neat.
METAXA Private Reserve: The very first own creation by Constantinos Raptis in 1992. Created once a year, in a single batch, with blends that have reached their peak of expression. Best enjoyed neat.
METAXA Angels’ Treasure: In the cellars of the House, the Metaxa Master has captured blends aged for decades that have reached their peak of concentration. METAXA Angels’ Treasure’s expressive aromatic character is best enjoyed neat.
METAXA AEN Cask No 1: In 2008, to celebrate its 120th anniversary, an elixir of over 200 blends drawn from Cask No.1 named after Spyros Metaxa himself. A limited number of 1888 crystal decanters were created.
METAXA AEN Cask No 2: in 2018, to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the House, Metaxa Master Constantinos Raptis released 130 decanters of METAXA AEN Cask No 2. It contains rare blends from “The Family of Original Casks”, brought in from the first distillery in Piraeus and protected through five generations of Metaxa Masters.
In 2018, on the event of its 130th Anniversary, the House of Metaxa revealed a new brand campaign, expressing its vision of exploration. Starting in the summer, this 360° campaign rolled out globally across all METAXA markets.
To embody this sensorial journey, METAXA selected characters who convey a sense of exploration in their daily lives - individuals who share the METAXA vision: Mike Horn, Laura Bingham and Guillaume Néry, 3 internationally acclaimed explorers.