True, pure and high quality tastes; derived from the past
Originating from a 160 year old distillery, the Finest Roots spirits combine the unique experience of four generations of distilling with an original inspiration in liqueur philosophy. Based in Southern Greece, our distilleries maintain a long established tradition of crafting the most exotic blends as well as redefining and shaping Greece’s most distinctive flavors. Roots Spirits, bearing the heritage of this long and awarded history of quality and taste, challenges old recipes with contemporary and innovative practices.
Mastic is the resin of the native Mastic trees on Chios island, the only place in the world it grows. Known since the 5th century BC, Chios mastic has been referred to by notables like Herodotus and Hippocrates for its beneficial and digestive properties & unique taste.
Once worth its weight in gold, it was used throughout the Roman and Ottoman ages as a delicacy, a chewing gum or breath freshener
• Enjoy on ice with a lime slice
Flavour / Soft and sweet feel with a microscopic suspicion of sourness. Vigorous Mastic aftertaste.
Aroma / Elegant and clean scent shaping an overall softening and refreshing smell; subtle lavender and coconut mouthfeel, with the unique Mastic smell being prevalent.
Roots Rakomelo (meli: honey in greek) blends natural honey in perfect harmony with the strong grape (raki) spirit & contains only honey and no sugar. Rakomelo has been consumed warm in the winter & used throughout the centuries in Greece as a warm remedy. Locals on the Aegean islands used to warm up raki (grape pomace distillate; grappa) and add honey, as a warm treat to share among friends.
• Enjoy hot off the stove with orange and clove
Flavour / Naturally sweet, honey, and spirited taste. Subtle presence of spices with a very rich and delicate mouthfeel.
Aroma / Strong and flamboyant, fruity and slightly nutty smell with a noticeable spirity entourage.
Tentura has its Roots in the homemade ‘tinctures’ (extracts) the people in the Ionian Islands & Western Peloponnese in Greece have been making, using spices arriving at the port of Patras. Its recipe has been passed from mouth to mouth from homemade liqueur endeavors to a deep and sophisticated experience. Its flavor sensation reveals its endurance in time and the perpetual interactions behind it that lead to a harmonic moderate perfection.
• Enjoy on ice with a juicy apple slice
Flavour / Rich and lush earthy taste with a sweet peppermint and french vanilla feel; a sense of a sweet ‘cigar box’ cedary aftertaste.
Aroma / A little bit sweet, sort of spicy; cinnamon scent.
Origanum Dictamnus (dittany of Crete, or diktamo), known in Cretan dialect Έρωντας (erontas, “love”, for it aphrodisiac properties), is a healing, therapeutic and aromatic tender perennial plant. It is indigenous on the greek island of Crete and grows wild in the famous Gorge of Samaria and other smaller gorges in the White Mountains as well as in the other mountain ranges of Crete including Mountain Dikti.
In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates prescribed dittany and other greek herbs to aid all kinds of illnesses and Aristotle and Theophrastus all extolled the virtues of the ‘miracle cure’ plant in various ancient writings.
• Enjoy on ice with a cool cucumber slice
Flavour / A cerebral and layered taste combining harmonically herbal profusion with fruity subtleness. It gives a firm and gently bitter mouthfeel, mimicking the sense of a ‘sweet velvet’ texture.
Aroma / Peaty richness contrasted with herbal freshness.
MASTIC VINTAGE STRENGTH
The familiar minimal look of the Roots bottle with the strict lines, becomes black matte. This edition is based on the old way mastic used to be drank, as a strong spirit with higher ABV. In principle the production process is the same as in the normal version of Roots Mastic. Roots mastic is 100% Chios mastic resin distillate, yet in the vintage strength edition more distillate is used which results at 80 proof bottling.
The overall flavour is soft and incredibly smooth with an aggressive and spirited citrusy & sour kick followed by a vigorous piney aftertaste. The aroma is elegant and clean with an overall softening and refreshing smell.