A TRANSPARENT SPIRIT dominated by anise aroma and flavor, also some fennel stashed beneath the surface. An instant of heat radiates across the roof of the mouth before slipping with dangerous ease into a slick soft finish. Genuine anise flavor slowly grows again over time, matched with a growing impression of white sugars added. Sensational as aperitif. The 40% export version. Ice water clouds to a nearly calpis water appearance and diminishes the mouthfeel and nose somewhat, but no significant change in flavor balances. Best chilled.