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Tsipouro, the Greek liquor. Raki, the Turkish liquor.

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  • waljaco
    Good explanation about tsipouro, tsikoudia, raki, zivania, souma and ouzo at: http://www.world2c.net/sfakia-crete/raki.html Apparently ouzo which has come to
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2002
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      Good explanation about tsipouro, tsikoudia, raki, zivania, souma and
      ouzo at:
      http://www.world2c.net/sfakia-crete/raki.html

      Apparently 'ouzo' which has come to replace 'tsipouro' is derived
      from an Italian word stamped on export crates - 'uso Massalia'.
      At the end of the article click on 'Cretan fire water: a personal
      account'. It explains that grape pomace from wine-making is fermented
      (I understand, with the addition of an equal weight of water) for
      another month. In Crete they flavor their raki/tsikoudia with thyme.
      The lengthy fermentation of grape pomace would certainly create lots
      of congeners - hence its notorious reputation.

      A good explanation about the related Turkish raki at:
      http://www.anatolia.com/anatolia/Food_and_Beverages/Raki/raki.asp

      Wal
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