Arak Kefraya (0,75L) is a Lebanese anise brandy from the distillery Chateau Kefraya. But first, this brandy is one of the most famous arak varieties of Lebanon. In this respect, this variety is also the most known worldwide. And thus belongs just like Arak Ksarak, Touma and Brun, Arak Kefraya to best of the Middle East.
What does Arak Kefraya taste like?
But now back to the essentials! The bouquet and the palate is both smooth and also intense. Furthermore, the taste embraces harmony and strength. And this is exactly what this Brandy is known for. In addition, the taste then reveals nuances of herbs and licorice. Both are very typical for such an anise schnapps from Lebanon.
Similar to most arak verities, Arak Kefraya goes really well with raw meat for example or even spicy appetizers. Whereas, some locals drink arak rather with friends or family while gathering or even celebrating. And most importantly with just water and ice cubes.
Where does this Lebanese Arak come from?
In this regard, Lebanese arak is made from grapes. Of course, from a very specific grape variety called Obeidi. And this one contains the perfect balance between fruit and acidity. Just right and perfect for the production of anise schnapps. Furthermore, such Its vines grow mostly on clay and limestone soils 1000 meters above sea level. There, a rather unique microclimate thrives, which even covers the vines with snow in winter. However, in summer it is also blessed with numerous sunny days. Accordingly, idea conditions for the production of high quality anise spirits. Of course, these advantages also apply to the cultivation and wine culture of Lebanon. Therefore, wines of Lebanon are a really interesting subject for wine lovers.
How is the aniseed brandy of Chateau Kefraya produced?
Yes, the Chateau Kefraya distillery has also triple distilled the Arak Kefraya. Finally, this anise schnapps also matures for 5 years in handmade clay jugs. A process that separates the liquor from the ethanol and pollutants. Additionally, it makes the brandy particularly smooth and accessible. In this regard, only the skilled craftsmen from Zahle make these clay jugs. A very old tradition, which makes this place the city of the arak until today.