Kostelska rakija brandy
Kostelska rakija (Kostel’s Brandy) is a fruit distillate, which is made in the area of communities Kostel, Osilnica and Kočevje. The distillate is made of mixed fruit of apples and autochthonous pears. Fruit distillate, named Kostelskarakija, has unique characteristics because of the autochthonous fruit species and natural environment. The characteristics are shown in brandyˊs well-recognized fragrance and in a nice taste.
Based on the sort of fruit used, there are four types of brandy with their characteristic fragrances. Sadjevec (Fruit Brandy) is mixed fruit with pleasant aroma, made of different sorts of fruit. Slivovka (Plum Brandy) is one of excellent homemade brandies, made of plums. Hruškovožganje (Pear Brandy) has a distinctive aroma and it is made of many sorts. Jabolčnožganje (Apple Brandy) has a typical mild taste and it is made also of many sorts of apples.
Typical environment where fruit varieties grow for the Kostel’s brandy production are meadow orchards in Kostel and the upper Kostel valley.
Brandy making knowledge passes from generation to generation. After picking up fruit, Kostelskarakija is produced based on double boiling technology. In the process, a special concern should be paid to every detail, from picking up fruit, washing the fruit, separating rotten fruit to crushing suitably matured fruit. Next in the process is controlled boiling or alcohol fermentation, then distillation of fruit pulp as well as the boiled fruit. After some time and after watering the brandy to a drinking level, according to the alcohol percentage, Kostelskarakija is ready for storage and bottling.
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