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33722Re: Sambuca Recipe Using Star Anise and not Anise Seed

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  • Harry
    Jan 1, 2006
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      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@h...> wrote:
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      > All the aniseed based distillates originated in the Mediterranean
      > Basin and used local aniseed.




      All the European ones perhaps, but the Columbians in South America
      have had one since the mid 1600's. Possibly one of the oldest White
      Rums, Aguardiente is made from sugar cane molasses and aniseed.
      http://home.earthlink.net/~cafe.tinto/aguardiente.htm

      Perhaps the anise idea was added through contact with Spanish
      colonists, it's not known for certain. But the natives of the area
      certainly had distilled liquor before colonization. Archeologists
      have unearthed crude bottles in digs from well before the time of the
      Conquistadors. Much of South America's early history is still a
      mystery.


      Slainte!
      regards Harry
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