Re: What is anise?
I love anise when the spice is used properly in food and drink but like everything else one consumes how good it is depends upon the quality of the spice, how well preserved it is and how it's used.
Anise does NOT taste like real licorice but cheap, crappy candy marketed as licorice is flavoured with anise so most people have no idea what real licorice tastes like.
Double apple moassels uses anise (often far too much) and it's rare to find a tobacco product that has a real licorice flavour. Off hand, i'd say that AF Ark Sous (older batches) and Afzal Black Licorice are the only products I can think of that don't taste like anise.