I found this unusual item in Puerto Rico. "Tres Castillos, refined anisette". "Hand crafted" by the Malgor family in Catano Puerto Rico for "over half a century" using "a special variety of anis called 'matalahuga'". The "hand crafting" comes in adding a ton of sugar. Look at that close-up: that's pure rock sugar filling up half the bottle. There's an anis branch stuck in it, too. It comes wrapped in yellow celophane and costs $7.
Has the consistancy and taste of Log Cabin syrup. There's some anis flavor, but it is overwhelmed by sugar. I'm thinking it might be good on pancakes, a sort of "hair of the dog" breakfast.
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