Hello From England
Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:09 PM
CANT WAIT TO START MAKING MY OWN RAKI
Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:12 AM
Welcome to the forum.
Little word of netiquette - using CAPS is like shouting
Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:01 AM
So I take it you've been to Crete before?
Do you want to go out there to make raki or is that a little joke?
Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:22 AM
I was fortunate to be taken to a more traditional raki making event near Pirgos once. It started early evening at a still at the side of the road, and was operated throughout the evening and night by several members of the same family. By arrangement, people came along with their raw materials and they were put through the still. Whilst all this was going on there was a goat on the spit and lots of food to eat and (old ) raki to drink. I was the only non native there and they treated me very well although some of the matinades they sang poked gentle fun at me I was sure. It was a great priviledge to be allowed to join such a traditional pastime, I found the pace impossible to maintain though and grabbed an hour or twos sleep in the pick-up. The shack in which this took place was horrendously tatty but I don't suppose that affected the end product one little bit. Sadly it has been knocked down now.
I am not sure of the legality of raki production, cleary some level is legal as I have seen the stills on sale in Chania and other places, and the local police passed by the Pirgos still a number of times during the night. Some have said it is legal for certain days of the year, and I imagine there is a quantity limit (well a notional one!)
There is of course more than one sort of raki. I have a small bottle from Sphakia that also contains honey and is ok in small amounts; the late great George Psychoundakis gave me raki made from mulberries on one occasion, and my good friend our webmaster has also given me some of the traditional brew which I delight in partaking of at home from time to time.
Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:04 PM
Tim, I think people need a licence to produce raki, although I did read somewhere that they don't give them out now. I think they have to pay tax on it and have to prove how many bottles/litres they have produced.
Our friends dad makes raki and we got nearly 2 litres to take back with us last year. I'm not keen on it as a shot but boy is this stuff lovely and smooth and very drinkable!!
Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:03 PM