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The history of ouzo begins in the middle of the 18th century. It comes as a variation of tsipouro and takes its name from the Italian word uso, which was written on aniseed sacks imported from Sicily to meet the needs of the domestic market. In 1950 the first bottled ouzo is a fact and takes the name “OUZO 12” in honor of the barrel with the number 12, which made the distillery famous since 1880 in Istanbul. For over 135 years OUZO 12 has been produced with the same authentic recipe and quality that deservedly give it the No. 1 position in ouzo sales in the world. Ouzo 12 is produced in the distillery of Kalogiannis-Koutsikos.