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

Molinari Extra Sambuca
94 points
$29
Steely clear color. Aromas and flavors of anise seed and fennel and celery stalks with an oily, vibrant, sweet fat body and a hot, delightful, very long finish with notes of black licorice and rock candy, straw, and coleman’s fuel. A bold anise liqueur with unmistakable Sambuca style.
di Amore Sambuca Anise Liqueur
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of Good & Plenty candies, sweet anise creme confection, hints of bay, and peppercorn with a thick, vibrant, sweet full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long finish conveying nuances of lemon zest, hints of violet, vanilla, and mint. A spicy, sweet and Herbal Liqueur with a plush texture and creamy appeal.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Verino Apostalagma Ouzo Liqueur
92 points
$38
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.
ROMANA Sambuca Liquore Classico
89 points
$21
Clear color. Aromas of black licorice and hints of powdery florals with a syrupy, soft, very sweet medium body and a smooth, very long hints of sassafras and lilac finish. A thick, viscous Anise Liqueur that’s best with ice cold water. Its rich body stands up and creates a beautifully louched beverage that offers velvety weight and sweetness on the palate.
Henri Bardouin Pastis Liqueur
86 points
$29
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of soft black licorice, sweet tarragon, thai basil, citronella, and lemon verbena with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish. A sweet, creamy Anise Liqueur with pervasive flavors and delicate complexity.