|Mastic tree resin - let's put it in some booze!|
About five years ago, we created a Turkish feast which included a rice pudding dessert. However, the recipe called for mastic and I was unable to find any. I ended up making a baked rice pudding dish anyway, but that's beside the point. Since then I have always checked for "mastic" in the spice aisle at every grocery store and spice bazaar I've gone to, hoping to one day try that mastic-flavored Turkish rice pudding I tried making all those years ago - but I've had no success.
Therefore when I was told of this mastic-flavored liqueur I jumped at the opportunity to purchase. Fortunately, they had 50mL sample bottles at the store so I didn't have to commit to a $30, 75dL bottle too!
Sweet aromas of cedar, anise, and pepper introduce one to this clear spirit. The flavors of this remind me of many other Mediterranean anise-flavored liqueurs but the aromas/flavors of cedar (that mastic flavor I've been searching for) make this spirit stand out. It's very sweet too and packs a bit of a kick at 60 proof. This would be much better served chilled on a hot summer night than at room temperature on a cool, autumn evening like tonight.
I'll have to remember that for next summer.