Mastiha or Mastika is a Grecian liqueur flavored with mastic, an evergreen resin that comes from the Mediterranean mastic tree. Mastic is a word derived from the Greek “to chew”, and in fact the resin is similar to chicle gum enjoyed in the Americas. Mastiha is brandy based and often served with almond flavored desserts and as a digestif. FOS is crafted on the island of Chios which has a protected designation of origin in the European Union.
FOS (56 proof)
Nose: Slightly pine-like, some anise, musky and dark. I’m reminded of seashore and ocean breezes.
Taste: Sweet, but not immediately. There is a pine resin like edge that cuts through the sugar content and keeps it from being over the top. After the pine, comes a touch of black licorice, then a larger more overt sweetness that cleanses the palate.
Finish: Short, with a lingering white sugar frosting essence.
Overall: Interesting, different and easily approachable to anyone who finds sambuca, ouzo, raki or other anise flavored liqueurs and spirits too intense.
GSN Rating: B+
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