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

Verino Apostalagma Ouzo Liqueur
92 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of licorice, candy-coated aniseed, dried mint, and caraway with a silky, bright, moderately sweet light body and a warming, breezy finish. An outrageously smooth and balanced anise spirit for cocktails, highballs, and more.
di Amore Sambuca Liqueur
88 points
Best Buy
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 finish displaying elements of fennel, vanilla custard, and sassafras finish. A rich and weighty sambuca-style anise liqueur to serve after dinner.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Molinari Extra Sambuca Liqueur
87 points
Clear color. Sweet aromas and flavors of licorice all-sorts and candy coating with a syrupy, bright, sweet full body and a silky, easy finish with accents of mint jellies and sugar cube finish. A richly textured candied Anise Liqueur that will be a decadent treat on the rocks, louched with water, or in a Frappe.
87 points $29.99
Royal Sambucca
86 points
Best Buy
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