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Yeni Raki information
What is Yeni Raki?
Translated means “Yeni Raki” - “New Raki”, and this should express the change that the state alcohol monopoly under the name Tekel meant for the alcohol production of the whole country.
Where is Yeni Raki from?
The first Yeni Raki saw the light of day in 1944.
During this monopoly era, today's industry standards were set for the production and definition of raki. These standards were introduced through the extraordinary efforts of an idealistic generation of experts within Tekel. It was tried, tested and refined over and over again, until the Raki standard was still valid today.
Dissolution of the state monopoly Tekel - sale to Mey
In 2004 the state-owned company Tekel was privatized and acquired by the Mey Company. In 2011 the company was sold to Diageo, the world market leader for spirits. Today Yeni Raki is the best-known and best-selling aniseed spirit worldwide. More information on the story of Yeni Raki on the Yeni Raki website.
What does Yeni Raki stand for?
Yeni Raki is not an “industrial product”! No, Yeni Raki represents the Mediterranean way of life in Turkey and is an absolute classic, shaped by a centuries-old history. Yeni brings the enjoyment of this feeling
How is Yeni Raki made?
Raki is a spirit made from grapes, raisins and anise. The fruits are harvested ripe and then dried, fermented and distilled. Anise is added to the mixture and gives the later drink its special aroma. At the end, the raki is distilled again until the typical aroma of the Yeni raki unfolds.
How is Yeni Raki drunk?
The Turkish national drink can either be enjoyed pure or mixed with water. Yeni Raki has a stronger aroma on its own. When mixed with water, a milder aroma develops that is only slightly reminiscent of liquorice. A raki glass is always filled up to a third with raki.
Those who consume the drink in community always wait until everyone present has a filled raki glass in front of them. The first sip is taken together. This shows a big difference to the consumption of grain or vodka shorts: Yeni Raki is not drunk all at once, but in sips.
What is the louche effect?
If Yeni Raki is mixed with water, the spirit shows a milky discoloration, known as the so-called louche effect. This effect describes the reaction of the water to the essential oils of the anise. The oils do not dissolve in the water, but instead become visible to the human eye through the dilution in the form of an emulsion.
Yeni Raki - Turkey's Mediterranean lifestyle
Raki is never drunk alone. Raki is always drunk in company, and especially with meze, the Turkish starters (comparable to Spanish tapas or Italian antipasti), or fish.
In addition, you get together with friends or family, there is a sociable round, and by diluting it with water, everyone can create his or her mixture as he or she likes.