Earlier this month I posted an announcement regarding a new distillery we will begin working with from the island of Chios - Stoupakis Chios Distillery. I have been doing some research on the process and it's quite fascinating. Mastiha production is still a labor intense process with a mastic harvest still done by hand.
Prepping for Mastiha harvest
Now that the Mastiha is at the plant, here is the production process:
Step 1: Sugar & Water are mixed together until the sugar is dissolved in the water
Step 2: The natural Mastic oil from the Mastiha sourced from the trees is combined with alcohol (96% ABV) whose agricultural origin is molasses. They are stirred until the oil has dissolved into thealcohol base.
Step 3: The solutions in step 1 & 2 are combined
Step 4: Once combined, the mixture is filtered
Step 5: The finished product is then bottled and released
There you have it. It's old school but the end product is delicate in aroma and flavor. Can't wait to get it here in the next month or so!