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Episode 68: Ouzo 12
Episode 683rd September 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 68 features Ouzo 12, perhaps the best selling brand of ouzo worldwide. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $20.

Enjoy this episode with some Ouzo 12 neat if you dare!

Ouzo 12's official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1830s -Ouzo production takes off in Greece, "spun off" from Tsipouro
  • 1856 - The first commercial ouzo distillery is founded
  • 1880 - Kaloyannis Distillery is founded in Constantinople
  • 1925 - The Kaloyannis Distillery moves west to the Greek port town of Tessaloniki
  • 1950 - Ouzo 12 is first bottled, becoming the first brand to be bottled
  • 1999 - Gruppo Campari acquires the brand
  • 2004 - Gruppo Campari acquires the Kutsiko distillery in central Greece
  • 2005 - Ouzo 12 production is moved to the renovated Kutsiko distillery
  • 2016 - Ouzo 12 is the number one brand of ouzo in the world

Key Cocktails:

Ouzo 12 is typically consumed on ice or with water - I highly recommend adding water!


Australian Bartender Article on the History

IQPS Trading Listing of Ouzo 12

Bespoke Unit Article on What is Ouzo

Wikipedia Article on Ouzo

Wikipedia Article on Ouzo Effect

Baltimore Sun Newspaper Article from 1998 Referencing Women's Love of the Smell of Good & Plenty Candy

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