Angelo Molinari began producing perfumes and liquor in the post WWI years in Italy. From there, he moved to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and opened a modest pub. After WWII, and with a growing family, he moved back to his homeland and settled in the coast town of Civitavecchia where he started making sambuca. Surprisingly, this town was already the home of a long-established sambuca made with aniseed. Molinari however, decided to make his with Star Anise. He was also savvy in the ways of marketing and soon his product was being exported around the world.
Molinari Sambuca (80 proof)
Nose: Anise laden with a touch of lighter herbs.
Taste: Viscous with a hefty anise one-two punch. Smooth and quite sweet, but tempered with a slightly bitter edge.
Finish: Fairly long with a tingling numbness and sugary, candy-like finish.
Overall: Tasty and rich without becoming cloying. Perfect for a Caffè corretto, or as a sipper with a light afternoon seafood based meal.
GSN Rating: A-
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