THIVOLET LIQUEUR D’ANIS
Circa 1940 estimated
Anisette or Anis, is an anise-flavored liqueur that is consumed in most Mediterranean countries, mainly in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and France. It is colorless and, unlike some other anise-based liqueurs, contains no licorice. It is sweeter than most anise-flavored liqueurs.
True anisette is produced by means of distilling aniseed. Pastis, a similar-tasting liqueur, is made by maceration, using a combination of aniseed and licorice.
The liqueur has a powerful flavor when drunk straight, and can even produce irritation of the throat if not taken slowly, due to its high alcoholic content, between 40° and 50°. In mixed drinks, however, it produces a sweet agreeable flavor. It is often mixed simply with water, where it produces a milky white consistency.
Marie-Brizard is a well-known producer of Bordeaux-style anis.
Thivolet was a little distillery based in the middle of France at Roanne, near Lyon.