When one hears the term Raki the mind automatically turns to Crete....the historic local firewater made from distillation of grape pomace.
However, there is another Raki! A different drink altogether - Kalamatian or Turkish Raki - which emanated from Turkey, which, whilst still a distillation of grape pomace, has a variety of aromatic plants added which convey a sweet taste, more reminiscent of ouzo, but much more fragrant and interesting! This drink used to be a traditional household spirit served with Greek delight and other sweets, in Kalamata houses at the turn of the 20th century. it is rare to find it today. See here for more informaton about Kalamatian Raki.
Callicounis is the only distillary outside of Crete which is permitted to use the name 'Raki' and their spirit is a very different drink from either Cretan Raki or Tsipouro from other parts of Greece. This raki is smooth, slightly sweet, very aromatic and has a sliglhtly lower alcohol level than Cretan Raki (35% as opposed to Haraki's 40%).
We are fortunate to be the sole suppliers in the UK of this very special brand of Raki, which is made by arguably the best (and certainly the oldest) Greek distillary, located in Kalamata, and still a family-run business. CALLICOUNIS WAS E S T A B L I S H E D I N 1 8 5 0, BY APPOINTMENT TO H.M. KING PAUL I OF THE HELENES