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The History of Ouzo

It is not defined well when Ouzo distillation began, but it is believed that this might have happened during ancient Greek times.
It is also not defined well from where it originates, but it is believed that the island of Lesvos is the most likely place.
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But we are sure about one thing; Ouzo was always and still is, the favourite drink of the Greek people!
It is not long time ago when every town and every village in Greece had it's own "ouzeri" (ouzo shop) where everybody could enjoy this drink with his friends.

ow Ouzo is a major export product of Greece.
The large Ouzo Companies promote their product often in order to make it known anywhere in the world. At the moment, more than 80 per cent of the exported Ouzo is sold in Germany, where a recent advertising campaign raised the spirits of the market share.
Ouzo is protected by the European Union as an exclusively Greek product. As a traditional drink, it is subject to half the tax imposed on most other EU spirits.

Greeks are so protective of the Ouzo name that they helped tie up a $17 billion trade deal between the EU and South Africa, until South Africa agreed to phase out the use of the term "ouzo" for spirits produced there. The same deal applies to the
name "grappa", a traditional Italian liquor.

The times changed, but the love of Greeks for Ouzo remained the same!
The per capita ouzo consumption in Greece is now huge and Ouzo is still the most popular spirit. Today in Greece, there are about 7,000 licensed ouzo stills in operation.

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