L’Arack de Musar

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Produced by: Chateau Musar
UK distribution by: Not available in UK
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alc./vol: 53%

Proof: 106°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of Lebanon Lebanon

This traditional arack is produced by Chateau Musar, one of the best known Lebanese wineries. It is distilled four times (three is the norm) and is rested for one year and two years in terracotta amphorae.
The grape spirit that forms the base of Chateau Musar's Arack is made from Obaideh and Merwah grape varieties which are indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon. Planted between 1920 and 1947 the Obaideh vineyards are in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountains near Ain Arab on stony, chalky soils, while the Merwah vines are on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon in Baqaâta, on calcareous gravels. Yields are very low for these untrained bush vines: 25 hl per hectare. At high altitude (around 1400m) these vines are still on their own root stock. Anis seeds are added to the four and final distillation. Finally the distillate is rested 12-24 months in terracotta jars (Roman style 'amphorae').

L'Arack de Musar is best served with iced water in the same manner as French pastis.

Review and Tasting


Sampled on 05/12/2011

Appearance:

Crystal clear (louches/turns cloudy with addition of water).

Aroma:

Intense, clean aniseed and fennel with faint liquorice.

Taste:

Wonderfully clean, very strongly aniseed flavoured dry palate.

Aftertaste:

Long, lingering powerful aniseed.

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