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Palestinian brand wins 'Arak of the Year' at Berlin's annual competition

March 28, 2019 4:30 P.M. (Updated: March 28, 2019 4:31 P.M.)
BERLIN (Ma'an) -- The Berlin International Spirits Competition awarded a gold medal to Arak Muaddi, a Palestinian brand of the anise-flavored spirit, naming it “Arak of the Year” at its 6th annual competition in Berlin, Germany.

A blind panel of expert judges announced their decision on 21 March 2019, after tasting more than 300 spirits from 19 countries; Arak Muaddi received a score of 94/100.

Competitors included many of the world’s leading anise-flavored spirits.

Hounder and distiller at Muaddi Craft Distillery, Nader Muaddi, said “We are honored and delighted by the news.”

“We worked very hard to make Arak Muaddi the best arak in the world.”

Arak Muaddi is the first product of Palestine to win a gold medal at the prestigious competition.

Muaddi added “This is an amazing moment, not just for Muaddi Craft Distillery, but for all of Palestine. We managed to source all of our ingredients locally in the West Bank and win on an international stage.”

The Berlin International Spirits Competition is a trade-only competition, where expert judges from a range of disciplines -- including sommeliers, mixologists and restauranteurs -- taste and critique spirits.

Muaddi Craft Distillery launched its first limited-run batch of Arak Muaddi in 2018, using traditional methods and all-natural, indigenous Palestinian ingredients.

Arak Muaddi is an ultra-premium spirit that is made with passion, artistry and respect for heritage. It is handcrafted in small batches and caters to the aficionado who appreciates the unaltered flavor of the Levant.

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