In 2012, the research Project entitled “Use of organic active essential oils in the production of alcoholic drinks and confectionery products with potential health benefits”, commenced in cooperation with the Democritus University of Thrace. The aim of the Project is to produce new or improved alcoholic drinks and sweets that contain natural ingredients with potential health benefits, by utilising the antimicrobial and antioxidant agents in essential oils and their extracts.
During the scientific research, the distillery Laboratory serves as a research and experimental centre, for not only anise extracts and essential oils (as an ingredient of Ouzo and Tsipouro Castro), cinnamon and Chios mastic (ingredients of TENTOURA CASTRO) and which directly relate to this Project, but also for a multitude of herbs, seeds and fruits, as ingredients for the alcoholic drinks that are produced by our distillery.
Our company has utilised the research results in producing new products such as the range of CASTRO liqueurs in cubes produced with 100% natural extracts. It has also produced improved products like the TENTOURA with MASTIC liqueur, where the aroma and flavour of Chios mastic are more discernible in relation to the classic TENTOURA CASTRO.
The research Project was completed with positive scientific results. Specifically, laboratory (in vitro) studies undertaken by the Democritus University of Thrace in cooperation with our distillery have proven the antioxidant and anticancer properties in the natural extracts and essential oils of cinnamon and anise, as well as the anticancer properties of the natural extracts and essential oils in Chios mastic, as these are contained in specific products of our company.