Marie Brizard Anisette liqueur

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (1 rating)

alc./vol: 25%

Proof: 50°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of France France

Fable has it that on 11 January 1750, at the port of Bordeaux, Marie Brizard, then aged 36 discovered Thomas, a West Indian sailor from the ship Intrépide who was lying on the ground strick with fever. She took him in and nursed him. In gratitude he gave her the recipe to this aniseed liqueur.

Five years later, in partnership with her nephew Jean-Baptiste Roger, the Marie Brizard Company was established to produce the liqueur, which was named Marie Brizard Anisette. Another nephew, Captain Paul Brizard, supplied the eleven plants, spices and fruits from around the world that flavour the liqueur. These include green aniseed, cinnamon, oranges, lemons, angelica, iris, coriander and cloves.

Best served neat in a tumbler over crushed ice.

A silver labelled dry version launched in 2001 has less sugar but consequently also lacks the flavour delivery of the original.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 06/01/2013


Crystal clear.


Clean aniseed and liquorice to the fore with subtle chocolate and clove.


Syrupy and medium-sweet aniseed with complex liquorice, chocolate and subtle spice – particularly coriander and clove.


Offers far more complexity than your average Sambuca for lovers of sweet aniseed.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 3041311010705
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

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