The Cretan Tsikoudia, humble from its very beginnings, was traditionally produced from ancient Cretan varieties’ grape remnants. It was used as medication, but also to welcome guests, begin a meal, a celebration or a friendly chat.

It also marked the end to an exhausting day, to a meal and a feast. You will find it in all Cretan homes, even those far away from the island, and it claims a single, unique rule:

Always drink it in company, never alone.

The Team

The Tsikoudia 35N has its origins in the spirit of real companionship. It is the outcome of a close friendship which in 2020 lasts for more than 30 years. In this get-together, George Markoulakis and Pantelis Fanourgakis decided to support Ilias Melissourgos in making his dream come true. This dream was to produce the best Tsikoudia, the one deserving its history and its origins. A Tsikoudia, of which they, too, would be proud to offer and drink.

35N is more than a name

35N stands for a small spot on our planet’s 35N parallel, the location of an ancient island with a history of 5.000 years whose residents have always been living and acting with heart and soul. This island is Crete. The name of the distillate is Tsikoudia.

BLENDED

It is the heart of the best Cretan grapes from selected vineyards of the island. Produced in artisanal discontinuous distillation with fractional copper alembics in Rethymno, their distillate reveals a fully balanced aftertaste as well as its typical intense and strong aroma.



38% alcohol in serially numbered, clear bottles of 200, 500 and 700ml.

SYRAH

The French grape variety Syrah acclimatized perfectly in the warmth of Crete, adding all the proper gifts and the characteristic dark colour of its grape. It reveals intensity and an afterglow, while its distillate represents our most intense Tsikoudia. Its aroma is earthy, warm and delicate, with full, velvety aftertaste.

Preferably served at 12°C to be enjoyed, after letting it rest in your glass for a few minutes, always in company, never alone.



38% alcohol in serially numbered, clear bottles of 200, 500 and 700ml.

MOSCATO

The grape variety Moschato Spinas grows in the mountains of Crete. With its dynamic and aromatic character full of surprises, it gave us a fine distillate, gracious and smooth, with a lasting, enduring aftertaste. It is produced in artisanal discontinuous distillation with fractional copper alembics in Rethymno.

Preferably served at 12°C to be enjoyed, after letting it rest in your glass for a few minutes, always in company, never alone.



38% alcohol in serially numbered, clear bottles of 200, 500 and 700ml.

TSIKOUDIA WITH HONEY

Our blended Tsikoudia, mixed with thyme mountain honey harvested by Cretan apiarists and local aromatic herbs, without adding any synthetic colourants. It is produced in artisanal discontinuous distillation with fractional copper alembics in Rethymno. Our Tsikoudia with Honey 35N reveals its golden, clear colour, while its strong, sharp taste leaves a sweet aftertaste with thyme aroma.

Preferably served at 10° - 12°C

24% alcohol in serially numbered, clear bottles of 200, 500 and 700ml.

Where we produce

Tsikoudia 35Ν is produced at Ilias Melissourgos’ distillery in Rethymno through fractional discontinuous distillation from the best Cretan grape varieties.

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