About Anise Liqueur

About Anise Liqueur
Anise-Flavored Spirits can vary widely in style depending on the country of origin. They can be dry or very sweet, low or high proof, distilled from fermented aniseed or macerated in neutral spirit. In France, Anis (as produced by Pernod) is produced by distilling anise and a variety of other botanicals together. Pastis is macerated, rather than distilled, and contains fewer botanicals than Anis. In Italy, Sambucca is distilled from anise and botanicals, but is then heavily sweetened to make it a liqueur. Oil of fennel (also known as green anise) is frequently added to boost the aroma of the spirit. Greece has a drier, grappa-like liqueur called Ouzo, which is stylistically close to pastis.

Top Picks for Anise Liqueur

Borghetti Sambuca Liqueur
94 points
$26.99
Clear silver color. Bright, sweet, spicy aromas of coated licorice candy and gingerbread muffin with a silky, vibrant, sour medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish. finish. A rich, thick and pure licorice treat.
94 points $26.99
Herbsaint Liqueur
93 points
$34.99
Yellow color. Rich, spicy aromas of anise, turmeric tea, and curry powder with a silky, lively, sour medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long fennel finish. A pure and power anise liqueur.
93 points $34.99
Ricard Pastis de Marseille
93 points
$25
Deep amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of anise, peppery spices, and caramel with a supple, lively, moderately sweet full body and a hot, endless finish with accents of hay, pepper, chalk, and earth. An intense anise liqueur with great purity and depth that will be a great digestif.
di Amore Sambuca Liqueur
88 points
$13.99
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Clear color. Aromas and flavors of rich black licorice, chocolate ganache, candy coated aniseed, and coriander with a syrupy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length fennel, vanilla custard, and sassafras finish. A rich and weighty sambuca-style anise liqueur to serve after dinner.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Royal Sambucca
86 points
$12
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Brilliant slivery straw color. Herbal aromas of candied aniseed, oregano, and lemongrass with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length dried orange peel and cinnamon finish. A lingering anise liqueur to add intrigue to cocktails, or as an after-dinner offering.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Spirit Hound Distillers Colorado Sambuca
84 points
Medium brown color. Lively, curious aromas of singed fudge cake, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate yogurt with a silky, vibrant, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long black licorice and pepper finish.