According to an antique tradition, all the countries of the Mediterranean basin have an anise based national liqueur. Italy has Sambuca. It is a sweet and strong liqueur, containing essential oils obtained by steam distilling the seeds of star anise, which are soluble in pure alcohol. A concentrated solution of sugar and other natural aromas are added to this.
Perfume: typical of sambuca, with intense anise aroma.
Taste: sharp but well balanced, very rounded, with the anise taste persisting in the mouth.