Arak Fakra XO is a unique arak from Lebanon. Furthermore, this version is also a special edition of the Lebanese winery Chateau Fakra. Like the Arak Fakra Classic, this Anis Schnaps also matures in clay jugs made traditionally in Zahle. And accordingly to several professionals, this schnapps is really soft and smooth. Which derives, of course, from the intense maturation in clay jars. Moreover, Arak Fakra XO is in fact with this edition one of the best and most known Arak distilleries of Lebanon.
Aromas and Food pairing of Arak Fakra XO
Overall, this anise spirit is especially known for its intense flavor and originality. In fact, a real star among the Lebanese brandies. And this despite the fact that Chateau Fakra has already proven its skillset and characteristic with in its more common edition Arak Fakra Classic. Though, this spirits tops the classic version and many other anise spirits right from the beginning.
A masterpiece which demonstrates originality and softness as well as honesty and power. Furthermore, this brandy embraces the typical aromas of licorice and fennel, but doesn't overdue the palate. In opposite, it stays subtle and leaves room for more while keeping the drinker fresh and motivate. Thus, an absolute top product filled with harmony flavors and freshness. But again, this anise schnapps is only as fine and elegant due to its extreme maturation. And this despite its power and freshness on the palate.
In this regard, Arak Fakra XO may also be perfect with raw meat dishes. And that is why this anise schnapps is really well known among the countrymen. In this respect, the winery became famous also because of this product.
About the cultivation and prduction
Similar to the other varieties, the grapes of this brandy come from the best vineyards of the Bekaa Valley. And just as the grapes for the wine from Lebanon this brandy enjoys the same characteristics and advantages of the Lebanese soil. And it is for this very reason, the grape varieties flourish and grow healthy. Especially because they are also protected from pests by the annual snowfall. In the words it is the snow fall in winter which covers the vineyards with snow and then also irrigates the soil in spring and even summer. Just the perfect conditions for the production and cultivation both wine and arak.
But most importantly, this brandy matures seven years in clay jars and is thus one of the most exklusiv verities. The softness and harmony which derives from this traditional procedure persuades almost every arak drink immediately. A must try!