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If you like sambuca and like anything really sweet this is for you. It has a lovely refreshing kick of raspberry mixed in with the usual sambuca taste. Can be sipped on it's own as the strong flavour hides the alcohol well, or mixed with lemonade to make a pale pink cocktail like drink. Like most sambuca and similar drinks, this stuff does get really sticky if you get it on your hands though. Be really careful when pouring, as it takes a lot to get it off hands and it will ruin clothes, sofas, carpets etc. Solid glass bottle though so no worries about it smashing on your way home. It is a little expensive, but really worth the price, and makes having a drink before a girls night our, or at a birthday party just that little bit different. I tried to make jelly shots with this but it did not work, I think due to how sticky it is, so not one for experimenting with!
Sambuca is an acquired taste but it makes the best shot as it is funny seeing people's screwed up faces after downing a flaming sambuca. I quite like Sambuca on the whole as it has a lovely aniseed hot flavour to it that warms you up as you drink it. I love aniseed in drinks and even Pernod is one of my favourite tipples. ==Price and availability== My bottle was bought this as a gift because it was pink it does have some novelty value to it. A bottle of 38% Rasberry Sambuca will cost you around £20.00 so it is averagely priced. ==Taste and look== The drink is pink and it is actually very pink! Regular Sambuca isclear so it is quite unsual having a drink that is so bright. I have not tried regular Sambuca from this brand but in light of trying this drink I think I probably would as it is clear and does not have a harsh aftertaste. You can taste the raspberry flavour, although this does taste very artificial and sweet. However, the powerful aniseed cannot be beaten and the underlying sambuca flavour shines through. I would like to say that the raspberry and aniseed work together but I personally did not think it was very nice. It has a sort of sweet, hot, bitter flavour to it and too much is going on. I am not a big fan of really artificially fruity flavours either. ==Overall== If you cracked this out at a party, everyone would want to try it for the novelty value but probably would not want to have any more. It is obviously aimed at the female market, you will not find many boys wanting to drink this in a bar and I bet the regular sambuca is much more successful. I still have half a bottle left and to be honest, I cannot see me ever drinking it unless I palmed it off at another party or something. I wouldn't recommend it, if you really want to try it then buy a shot in a bar but do not waste money on buying a bottle because it you will probably not like it. I can't see this drink lasting long on the market really and I can only award it 2 stars.
I tried Luxardo Raspberry Sambuca for the first time a few weeks ago when a friend bought me a bottle back from her holiday in Italy. She knew I was a bit of a Sambuca lover (it's an acquired taste, I know) and she'd tried it in a restaurant back there and immediately thought of me. I'd never heard of Luxardo before, but apparently they are pretty well known Italian Sambuca manufacturers. When I first saw the bottle, I have to admit that I thought the drink looked a bit garish and like the liquid version of candy floss! When I say its pink, I mean its reeeeeeeally pink......Barbie and Ken pink!!! I wasn't sure I was going to like it just because of the colour alone. I imagined it was going to taste very sweet and synthetic because for something to be that colour and not candy seems just wrong!! Simply because of the colour (and maybe this is being a little sexist), but I would say that this drink seems to be aimed particularly at females rather than males. This was a present and so I haven't actually bought any - but I have seen it advertised online for about £20 for a bottle which contains 70mls. This price does seem fairly steep to me, but having said that, as it is 38% proof, you really can't drink that much of it in one sitting and so it lasts a while! It is something that looks like it would be fun to take to parties - or to have in the house for Christmas etc - because it does look fun and a couple of shots of this stuff and everyone will be in the party mood (and those that aren't.....well, you'll be past caring about them!!). To describe the taste of Sambuca is very difficult to someone whose never tried it - but it is like a very strong aniseed liquour - which is usually clear and is drunken in shots. Typically it is served with a coffee bean and set alight - and this is how I usually serve Sambuca. This version of Sambuca however has a slight twist on the original flavour where it has a raspberry flavour added to it. The raspberry flavour is evident - although the overwhelming taste remains of the aniseed. However, it is sweeter with a less pungent aftertaste - and in that regard I actually prefer it to the original Sambuca flavour. I think that most people who like Sambuca would like this drink - and I like that the raspberry twist does not detract from the unique Sambuca taste. As for the Luxardo brand itself, I have to say that I have found the Sambuca to be really smooth and free from that synthetic taste that can sometimes accompany cheaper brands. Ultimately it tastes good and I do recommend it.
From hatred of the stuff when I first started drinking, love of sambuca came with age and as I began to love it more and more. As this love continued I began to explore the vast and endless possibilites of different flavours of sambuca, spurred on by Luxardo. To be honest what made me by a bottle of Luxardo Raspberry Sambuca for the first time was the aesthetic value, it looked really pretty being pink from a guy's eye, and I think that's what drew me in. Raspberry is one of the many flavours available rom Italian liquer company Luxardo. Pink in colour, it is mainly distributed in 700ml bottles (UK) and is quite strong at 38% in volume. 50ml servings are available in smaller bottles but I rarely see them around. Availibility wise it's stocked in most of the big supermarkets (Tesco and ASDA for example) and is available from several off-licences. I've seen it round parts of Southern England and back hoome in Wales so it's widely distributed. Bottles vary in price wherever you go, but £16-18 is a decent price. Don't pay anymore unless you're really want some! Many people have a love-hate relationship with sambuca, but I've managed to turn sambuca haters into raspberry sambuca lovers. If you are served a shot of raspberry sambuca, immediately the familiar sambuca smell gets to most people, with a hint of raspberry, but in the taste you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's rich in raspberry and the initial strength will get to you like most sambucas, but the aftertaste in your mouth and throat afterwards is absolutely delicious if somewhat soothing. Any raspberry fan will enjoy this drink I think! It's so tasty I can't speak high enough of it. My serving recommendations to you are quite bland. I wouldn't serve it with any mixers as it diminishes the taste. It's best served in shot form, on the rocks, and can be used in several cocktails. The best way to enjoy this raspberry sambuca though is from a shot glass with a group of friends and stun them on how tasty it is and how indifferent to normal sambuca it is. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, and have, and will continue to do so. It has that unique taste that Luxardo gives in any of its sambucas that no other rival of its can live up to. It's pink in colour makes it more aestheticly pleasing to my female friends who hate normal sambuca and I've managed to turn them to the right side. I really like sambuca, but I REALLY REALLY LOVE Raspberry Sambuca. Only buy Luxardo's brand though, none of the other's are as good as this one.