Tsipouro Tsilili of Thessaly is produced by the Tsililis family from the pomace of aromatic grapes varieties grown in vineyards of the Thessaly and aged for at least five years in French and American oak barriques, seasoned with red and sweet Vinsanto wine. Grape variety: 85% Muscat of Hamburg (aromatic reddish grape variety cultivated in Thessaly, Central Greece, 15% Roditis (Greek aromatic white grape variety), 5% other.
The distillation of grape marc is a discontinuous process and takes place in small (100kg) copper-inox alembics with fractional column. Each batch full-distillation cycle starts with the filling of the alembic with 100kg of grape marc and after a 5-hour, 9-times distillation its results 100L of “Heart” distillate of 74%alc./vol. on average. “Heads” and “Tails” are separated and eliminated.
The heart of distillate is aged in French and American oak cask, of max. 500L volume, for at least 5 years (5-12 years of aging). Some of the oak casks and brand-new, some have been used for red wine aging and some have been used for Vinsanto (sweet Santorini wine) aging.
After aging, distillates are carefully blended and diluted with purified water to 41% alc./vol.
Spirit ages once again for 6-12 months to mellow down before bottling.