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Sambuca dei Cesari Rating:3

Visited: 1938

Imagen Sambuca dei Cesari

Family:Other Liqueur
Brand:Luxardo

History

As an antique tradition would have it, a tradition that to this day embraces all the countries of the Mediterranean basin, Italy too has its anise based national liqueur: Sambuca. It is a sweet but strong liqueur, containing essential oils obtained by steam distilling the seeds of star anise, which are soluble in pure alcohol. A concentratedsolution of sugar and other natural aromas are added to this. Already known and appreciated in ancient times for its therapeutic properties, the anise plant, originating from China, became widespread through the centuries in the countries of the Mediterranean coast, where it became widely used for preparing typical dishes and desserts. Above all, the oils obtained from anise were used by liqueur firms to produce a selection of liqueurs such as French Pastis, Spanish Anis, Turkish Raki and Greek Ouzo. The word Sambuca derived from the Arab word Zammut (= anise). The word “zammù” still exists in the Sicilian dialect, meaning an anise drink diluted with water.


Tasting notes
  • Colour: Crystal clear.
  • Taste: sharp but well balanced, very rounded, with the anise taste persisting in the mouth. 

Observations

Packaging: A round bottle in white glass with the Luxardo seal in relief, a label with gold shading and finish. The medals on the lower front label were won by Luxardo in such international exhibitions as: (left to right) London 1862, Moscow 1872, Paris 1878, Calcutta 1883, Saint Louis 1904. 

Serving suggestions: 

  • Neat
  • Frozen
  • Flaming
  • On the rocks 
  • “Con la mosca” (3 coffee beans in the glass)
  • In several international cocktails

 
Awards

  • 1999: Beverage Tasting Institute USA: voted 90/100 in the “Buying Guide to Spirits”.
  • 2010: voted Product of the Year in Germany by the “European Food Journal” 


Manufacturer: Girolamo Luxardo S.p.A.
Name: Sambuca dei Cesari Luxardo®
Alcohol strength: 38% alc. vol.
Size: 50 ml - 200 ml - 375 ml - 500 ml - 700 ml - 750 ml 1 L  - 1.14 L - 1.5 L 
Packing: One bottle per case
Shelf life: Indefinite


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