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In the middle of 2013, two brothers, Manos & Nikolas Smyrlakis, inspired by their roots in the oldest distillery in Greece, went “back to the roots” & based on old traditional liqueur recipes and unique rare ingredients from around Greece, created a new family of four premium liqueurs: Roots Mastic, Mastic Black Edition,  Cinnamon, Rakomelo and Diktamo The logo is transformed to a rhombus for the ΜASTIC underlining the crystalline structure of Mastihi, a circle for CINNAMON symbolizing the cross section of Cinnamon sticks, a hexagon for RAKOMELO depicting the honeycomb and a cross for DIKTAMO indicating the healing, almost monastery character.

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Roots Mastic: Chios Mastic

A spirited liqueur with Chios Mastic in a centuries old recipe from Greece

An aromatic voyage to the Greek island of Chios, the only place the fabled mastic resin tree grows, distilled to enticing perfection.

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 has been used throughout the Roman, Ottoman and again the modern times as an exotic delicacy.

FLAVOR

A craft liqueur with Chios Mastic in a centuries old recipe from Greece

AROMA

Elegant and clean scent shaping an overall softening and refreshing smell; subtle lavender and coconut mouthfeel, with the unique Mastic smell being prevalent. Unique & apparent mastic flavour

Sip neat on ice with a little bit of a fresh lime juice.

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Roots Kanela: True cinnamon

A spirited liqueur with True Cinnamon in a timeless recipe from Greece

A revived 15th century “tentura” recipe, from the Ionian Islands of Greece, with true cinnamon and clove buds.

Roots Kanela has its roots in the homemade tinctures (extracts, which got named “tentura”), made with spices arriving at the ports of the Ionian Sea. Roots Kanela has an incredibly unique and deep natural cinnamon taste.

FLAVOR

A craft liqueur with True Cinnamon in a timeless recipe from Greece.

AROMA

Rich and lush earthy taste with a sweet peppermint and french vanilla feel; a sense of a sweet ʻcigar boxʼ cedary aftertaste. A little bit sweet, sort of spicy; cinnamon scent.

Sip neat on ice with a little bit of a fresh lemon juice or an apple slice.

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Roots Diktamo: Wild Herbs

A spirited liqueur with Wild Herbs from Crete in a greek herbal recipe

Liquorice and orris fold into the herbal wilderness of Diktamo, a rare plant from the mountains of the Greek island of Crete.

Diktamo (Origanum Dictamnus or dittany of Crete), known in Cretan dialect as Έρωντας (erontas, “love”, for it aphrodisiac properties), is a healing, herapeutic and aromatic tender perennial plant. 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.

FLAVOR

A craft liqueur with Wild Herbs from Crete in a greek herbal recipe

AROMA

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 ʻsweet velvetʼ texture. Peaty richness contrasted with herbal freshness.

Sip neat on ice with a cucumber slice

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Roots Rakomelo: Mountain Honey

A spirited liqueur with Mountain Honey in a historic recipe from Greece

A centuries old recipe of a soothing Raki brew with mountain honey and spices from the Aegean Islands.

Locals on the Aegean islands throughout the centuries used to warm up Raki (grape pomace distillate; grappa) and add honey, as a warm treat, a winter remedy to share among friends.

FLAVOR

A craft liqueur with Mountain Honey in a historic recipe from Greece

AROMA

Strong and flamboyant, fruity and slightly nutty smell with a noticeable spirity entourage. Naturally sweet, honey, and spirited taste. Subtle presence of spices with a very rich and delicate mouthfeel.

Enjoy it hot in Winter and cold during Summer

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Roots Mastic Vintage Strength

Roots Mastic is an aromatic voyage to the Greek island of Chios, the only place the fabled mastic resin tree grows, distilled to vintage strength and enticing perfection. Roots Mastic Vintage Strength follows the old mastic recipe & tradition of stronger spirits, using even more mastic distillate.

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 40% ABV (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.

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 has been used throughout the Roman, Ottoman and again the modern times as an exotic delicacy.

Roots Mastic Vintage Strength is incredibly rich and intense, yet smooth and delicate to sip neat or on ice with a fresh lime slice