Arak from Lebanon
Lebanese Anis schnapPs & Arack
Arak from Libanon is initially still very unknown. Despite the fact that Lebanese anise liquor has been around for centuries. Nevertheless, the reputation and thus the worldwide demand spread quickly. Therefore, nowadays not only the Lebanese drink this high-quality brandy from Lebanon. On the contrary, the aromatic liquor has become a trend among bars and bartenders. But most importantly, because the Lebanese have perfected this ancient but also national drink over decades.
Moreover, this schnapps has a very distinct scent and taste. In other words, it develops aromas of licorice and fennel. Furthermore, depending on the variety, it also often releases hints of plants and herbs. Accordingly, this classless folk drink goes really well with spicy appetizers or raw meats like carpaccio and beef tartare. In principle, arak goes well with almost all dishes that the Mediterranean countries has to offer. Otherwise and most likely, the Lebanese Arak is also drunk just by itself mixed with water.
What do you need to make arak from Lebanon?
First of all, the production actually starts in the vineyards. Generally, it is the relationship between the soil and weather, which are Key to a good production of such a brandy. Therefore, the ancient Bekaa Valley is truly predestined for the cultivation of the grape Obeiedi. Firstly since most of the vineyards are located over 900 meters above sea level and thus very fertile. Second, his area also contains sufficient sunny days as well as cool nights. And winter even covers the vine with snow for three months. Accordingly, exactly the right weather conditions to host both a robust and aromatic grape variety such as this one. Furthermore, the snow also proves to be a natural protection against pests.
How is anise schnapps made?
And after the fermentation, the distillery then usually distills the alcohol for three more times. However, wineries who aim higher quality often choose to distill four or even five times. This makes the anise schnapps particularly soft and gentle. The anise is always added during the last distillation and thus develops the so-called licorice aroma. And Finally, the brandy then matures for up to 5 years in handmade clay jugs. In this regard, it is a beautiful view standing in an ancient hall with such amphorae. In addition, this also removes pollutants such as ethanol and makes the arak then also gentle.
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